Man was drunk at mum’s home


A MAN found drunk outside his mother’s house while subject to a suspended sentence is to be dealt with at the crown court.

Steven Smith was discovered by police sitting on the window ledge of his mother’s home in Burnham Street, South Shields, with cans of lager and a two-litre bottle of cider.

The 31-year-old, of no fixed abode, was given a direction notice to leave the area on a piece of paper, but crumpled it up and threw it to the floor.

He was subsequently arrested and admitted a charge of being drunk in a public place at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “Police were on duty at 10.30pm on Sunday when they received a report of a drunk male on Burnham Street.

“They arrived and spoke to Smith while he was sitting on the window ledge of the house eating a takeaway, and he had a can of lager with him as well as a two-litre bottle of cider.

“The officer gave him a direction notice to leave, but he crumpled it up and threw it to the floor. He was subsequently arrested.

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He has been in custody overnight because he was drunk in a public place.

“He was sitting outside his mother’s house.

“It was a bit late on Mother’s Day, but the thought was there.

“He was given a notice and perhaps being drunk, didn’t understand it, crumpled it up and was arrested.

“His reaction in drink was to act that way, there was no swearing, no shouting, no noise.”

Mr Brown asked for magistrates to give Smith an absolute or conditional discharge, which would mean the suspended sentence imposed by the crown court would not be activated.

Magistrates decided to send the case to Newcastle Crown Court, where it will be decided if the suspended sentence should be activated.

Smith was given bail, with the condition he reports to the police daily, until his crown court date.

He will appear at Newcastle Crown Court in the week commencing April 28.