Wake-up call for sleepy defendant


A MAN facing charges of criminal damage and assault was given a wake-up call after landing himself back in court for breaching his bail.

Daniel Andrews was given bail conditions, including reporting to South Shields Police Station between noon and 5pm every Tuesday and Thursday, after denying the offences at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last week.

The 21-year-old was due back at court for the trial on August 8 – but made an early return after failing to report at the police station on Thursday.

The court heard that Andrews, of Centenary Avenue, South Shields, missed the appointment after falling asleep.

Paul Kennedy, defending, said: “He is on medication and one of the side effects is drowsiness. He usually takes it the night but took it in the morning and it affected him quite badly. He didn’t wake up until 10.45pm.”

Mr Kennedy said that Andrews immediately rang the legal firm representing him and was advised to hand himself into police the following morning.

But police came to his address later that night, and arrested him for the bail breach.

Andrews admitted breaching his bail when appearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court from custody.

Magistrates agreed to re-bail him on the same conditions until his trial date on August 8.