A fine and a telling off for arriving late

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MAGISTRATES were not impressed with the excuse given by a defendant as to why he was an hour and 40 minutes late arriving in court.

Over-sleeping on Wednesday cost Craig Smith £35 for breaching a bail condition which required him to arrive at the court by 9am.

He pleaded guilty to the breach as well as guilty to a charge of using threatening behaviour to cause harrassment after too much boozing on New Year’s Eve.

Jill Derby, prosecuting, told how Smith, of Uplands Drive, Grantham, was picked up by police officers in Mallard Court after the control room received reports that a man was “causing some difficulties”.

He was found “heavily intoxicated and unsteady on his feet”.

As they were taking him home to sleep it off, Smith became unresponsive and so they took him to A&E at Grantham Hospital instead.

After 10 minutes he came round, but began lashing out with his arms and legs, shouting and swearing, and alarming patients and the public, the court heard.

Mrs Derby said: “He particularly focused on a female who was present in A&E, swearing at her and threatening her.”

Defending himself, Smith, 23, said: “It was New Year’s Eve and I had too much to drink. All I can do is apologise for my actions.”

Smith, who already owes the court £1,066 in fines issued previously, was handed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.