Grantham court: Defendant failed to obtain CCTV in disorder case

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A defendant who had his case re-opened so that he could obtain CCTV evidence relating to a drunk and disorderly charge, returned to court without it and was sentenced.

Bradley Oates, aged 28, of Croake Hill, Swinstead, appeared before magistrates following his non-attendence on December 1 and being late on December 22, when the charge of being drunk and disorderly at Grantham Market Place was proved in his absence.

Prosecutor Marie Stace described how officers on duty at around 3am on November 16 noticed a group of men in confrontation with door staff outside the Late Lounge.

Oates, who smelt of alcohol, had glazed eyes and was unsteady on his feet, was swearing at the bouncers and was asked to leave by police.

However the defendant continued to try and get past an officer who stood between him and the door staff, and when Oates again refused to go he was arrested.

At the time Oates was also subject to a 12 month conditional discharge for two shop theft matters imposed on August 18 last year.

Representing himself, Oates claimed that one of his friends had been knocked to the ground during the confrontation, and said he had been unable to get the CCTV evidence following his last appearence on January 12. He added that he thought he would only breach his conditional discharge if he had committed another shop theft.

Magistrates fined Oates £55 and he must pay a £20 victim surcharge and contribute £40 to prosecution costs, while his conditional discharge will continue until August.