19th Sep, 2020

Drunk punished for sarcasm

Worcester Editorial 16th Jan, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A DRUNK reveller refused to leave the city centre and told police they couldn’t ask him to as ‘he paid for their hats’, a court has heard.

Daniel Paintin, of Cranham Drive, was in The Cross at 12.55am on December 20 when officers saw him shouting at a group of his friends who were leaving the area, Worcester Magistrates court heard last Friday (January 9).

Due to the 25-year-old’s behaviour police asked him to move away from the site but he responded by making the sarcastic comment, the court was also told.

Paintin went on to make similar comments and was subsequently arrested.

Defending solicitor David Ollivere said: “He does have a long record but you will note within recent times his frequency has reduced.

“As he has grown up he realised that it is not the life for him.

“He hasn’t done himself any favours this time. He has over-indulged in alcohol, it is a silly incident in the street and in the cold light of day and once he had sobered up he realised that is not what he wants to do.”

Paintin was fined £160 for the offence and ordered to pay £85 in court costs and a victim surcharge of £20.

District Judge Nigel Cadbury added: “It was a rather expensive evening out in the end wasn’t it.”

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