Accused on benefits drank 16 pints
During the sentencing of the 52-year-old for making 12 obscene and threatening phone calls to police and being disorderly in a pub, Relief Magistrate Peter Harris said that most people would find it ‘offensive’ that the taxpayer was funding his drinking.
Mr Harris, who sentenced the man to six months’ probation and fined him £400, said: ‘The events on 4 March, while it may be in connection with a chain of events, only happened because of your excessive drinking of alcohol.
‘You are a mature man. I note that you are seeking employment and have some part-time work.Given it is the taxpayer currently funding your drinking it is something which most people would find offensive.’