Man’s drunk behaviour again

A REVELLER was hauled in front of town magistrates for the second time in a month for his drunken behaviour.

Lawrence Martin, 58, was one of a number of people under the influence of alcohol when police attended a house in Derwent Street, in Hartlepool.

Martin, a well-known cross-dresser in the town, was being abusive to other people at the house and was asked by officers to leave, a court heard.

Joanne Hesse, prosecuting at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court, said he did leave when he was asked to, but then turned around and started shouting and swearing at police.

He was arrested at the scene at around 9.20pm on Tuesday, January 24.

Martin, of Rium Terrace, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

He appeared in the court last month, also charged with being drunk and disorderly for another incident in Derwent Street.

That time he was given a six-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £40 costs.

Ravi Khosla, mitigating, said: “Unfortunately Mr Martin suffers from a severe learning disability and has faced turmoil in his life.

“This has led to him becoming the character he is now.

“He does attract attention that often turns abusive.

“He tries to cope with it, but sometimes he does turn to alcohol.

“He completely understands the nature of what he has done and has pleaded guilty at the first possible opportunity.”

Martin, who wore a frilly blouse and long skirt in court yesterday, was fined £50 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. He was also reminded of the five months remaining on a conditional discharge.