‘Quit drinking or die’ – court warning for man who swung for police then asked for lift home

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A MAN was told to quit drinking or die when he ended up in court.

Kevin Abdou tried to punch police who were arresting him for causing a nuisance outside a Post Office.

The 34-year-old missed when he took a swing at one of the officers, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard.

“The incident began at about 5.20pm outside the Laygate Post Office,” said Rebecca Gibson, prosecuting.

“Abdou was drunk, swearing, and generally abusive.

“He also tried to punch the shop’s window.

“After taking a swing at one of the officers, he asked them if they would give him a lift home.”

The court heard Abdou has more than 100 previous convictions, many of which are for being drunk and disorderly.

Abdou, of Hill Park Road, Jarrow, admitted being drunk and disorderly on November 11. Val Bell, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Abdou has had a drink problem for a number of years.

“His recollection of that day is hazy, but I have known him for a number of years and it would be unusual for him to swing out at anybody.

“Since this offence, he has started an alcohol treatment programme.

“Early indications are that he is progressing well on it.”

Abdou told the bench: “I do get embarrassed when I see myself in the paper.

“I’m trying to sort myself out, I’m getting too old for this.”

Abdou was given a nine-month conditional discharge, and ordered to pay £65 in fines and costs.

Bench chairman John Lee told him: “We are dealing with you this way because you have recently started an alcohol treatment order which seems to be progressing well. Keep at it, or you will drink yourself into an early grave.”