‘Jekyll and Hyde’ was drunk and disorderly

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‘Jekyll and Hyde’ was how a man described the effect alcohol has on his personality.

David Evans, formerly of Hudson Way in Grantham but now of no fixed address, had been drinking on Boxing Day and had too much. He went to a friend’s house where his ex-partner was staying and started banging on the door “threatening to smash up the house”, Jim Clare, prosecuting, told the court.

Police were then called and Evans was arrested.

Mr Clare read out a statement from Mr Evans’ ex-partner in which she said: “I was very scared. I have had enough of his behaviour.

“I can’t take it anymore. He’s never going to change.”

Evans, 27, admitted being drunk and disorderly.

He said: “I’m trying to be a recovering alcoholic

“I had been sober for five or six months but basically just wanted to fit in at the party but it went wrong. I basically can’t drink at all.”

He added: “I’m not a bad person but when I’ve had a drink I’m a Jekyll and Hyde. I don’t know why it happens.”

Evans was given a 12-month conditional discharge. He must pay costs of £45 and a £15 surcharge.

Chair of magistrates Ros Gulson said: “For goodness sake back up what you said by action.”