Drunk man forgot court hearing date

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court

A MAN was so drunk when he left the police station after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly that he lost his bail notice.

As a result, Nicholas Clough failed to turn up to his original court hearing meaning a bail offence was added to the drunk and disorderly charge.

Clough, of Shared Street, Wigan, was arrested on Laithwaite Road in Worsley Hall after his former partner, who had the day before told him she wanted to “cool things” had called the police.

The 26-year-old had shown up at her house in the early hours of the morning on October 9 and started banging on her door.

He was then abusive and aggressive towards the police officers who attended.

Anna Moran, defending, said: “When Mr Clough left the police station he was still intoxicated and lost his bail sheet.

“He tried on numerous occasions to find out when the hearing was to be held by calling police on 101 but each time was told that the system was down.”

The court also heard that there was a warrant out for Clough’s arrest for non payment of court fines and that he had breached a three-year conditional discharge after stealing about £8 of beer in January this year.

Clough pleaded guilty to both charges at Wigan Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced to a curfew from 7pm until 7am for three months.

He was also ordered to pay a court charge of £150, a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £85.