AN alcoholic downed 18 pints of cider before breaching a ban by visiting his ex-girlfriend’s home – only to ring the police to turn himself in.
Stephen Greig had been out drinking with his former partner’s brother and decided to pay her a visit at her home.
The 34-year-old was barred from contacting his ex by a restraining order which was imposed on him following a conviction of assault against her.
He went to her home anyway after his drinking session, but she refused to let him in.
It was then that the defendant telephoned for the police and told them to come to the address before he did “something stupid”, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court was told.
Prosecuting, Paul Power said: “The defendant, by his own admission, is an alcoholic and he’d been drinking all day. He told police he’d drank about 18 pints of cider.
“This resulted in him going to his ex-partner’s address, which he was banned from doing so by a restraining order.
“He then phoned the police and asked them to come out, saying if they didn’t, he’d do something stupid.
“On being arrested he said: ‘I know I shouldn’t have been there, I’m an alcoholic’.
“He was taken to the police station and he accepted he committed the offence.”
Greig, of Jackson Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to breach of a restraining order on November 24.
Mitigating, Stuart Haywood said: “The reason for my client going to the address is because he had been drinking with the injured party’s brother.
“Had he not been drinking to excess he may have been thinking better and not gone. He actually rang the police himself. There was no direct contact between the two and the offence did not go on for a long time.”
Chairman of the bench Nigel Guerin fined him £80 and ordered him to pay a £15 victim surcharge and told him: “I hope you’ve learned your lesson.
“Eighteen pints of cider is a lot of drink in a day.”