Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Ipswich/Millwall: Drunk football fan who impersonated Santa handed fine for his antics

18:15 02 January 2013

Carl O'Connor leaving Ipswich Magistrates Court.

Carl O'Connor leaving Ipswich Magistrates Court.

Archant

‘Silliness’ ends Santa impersonator in the dock

CHRISTMAS did not prove to be the season of goodwill for a drunken football fan who insisted on telling police he was Santa Claus.

Carl O’Connor was refused entry into Portman Road because of his intoxicated state, but made things worse by declining to give his real name to officers, pretending instead to be Father Christmas.

When he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court on New Year’s Eve, the remorseful football fan said: “I am sorry, and clearly I am not Santa Claus. I never thought it would end up how it has.

“I had too much to drink. I got an idea in my head and I wouldn’t let it go. I’m truly sorry.”

O’Connor, of Blackbush Spring, Harlow, Essex, pleaded guilty to anti-social behaviour having refused to give an officer his name and address.

Although O’Connor was handed a conditional discharge for six months, the season of good cheer did not extend to the 46-year-old being spared the expense of his folly.

The court ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

O’Connor arrived at Portman Road for the clash between Ipswich Town and Millwall on December 8.

When stewards told him he could not go in because he was drunk, O’Connor became argumentative and police became involved.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said: “Police asked him to leave and because he wouldn’t they began to write him an order for him to leave the area.

“That then required to have his name but he refused and repeatedly said he was Santa.

“The officer warned that if he didn’t give his proper name he would be arrested, but he continued to say he was Santa.

“He was arrested at 3.28pm and charged hours later. His silliness has resulted in this.”

Sentencing O’Connor, District Judge Celia Dawson said: “Arriving drunk at a football match is not appropriate – it is a family thing.

“It’s never a good thing to argue with a police officer. I do give you credit for your guilty plea and I can see you are ashamed to be in this position.”

2 comments

  • Think that makes me laugh is the £15 victim surcharge. Does Santa get that for someone else claiming to be him !?!

    Report this comment

    the opinion man

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • "Ho ho ho" - then "no no no" (to giving his name) - after court I bet it was "Oh".

    Report this comment

    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The newest Labour MP in the House of Commons made much of his local work to get elected for the Stoke on Trent Central constituency – but Gareth Snell was brought up in Stowmarket.

Police have moved to reassure the public after a surge in violent crime in Ipswich has seen 11 major incidents in the past six months.

She moved to the spotlight with her design for Ipswich’s Pigs Gone Wild project, and now Lois Cordelia has been talent-scouted for a similar art trail further afield.

Rail passengers travelling between London to Ipswich this morning are facing delays after ‘trespass incident’ between Colchester and Marks Tey.

Plans for 300 houses in a mid Suffolk parish have prompted a series of objections from residents and organisations, with claims a golden opportunity to alleviate traffic congestion in Stowmarket is being missed.

The A14 Orwell Bridge will remain open today as Storm Doris looks to have passed - but it was a busy night for the emergency services as they dealt with the aftermath.

This year marks the 47th annual Ipswich to Felixstowe Road run - and as the organisers make their final preparations we look back to a particularly popular run in May 1995.

Pianos collectively worth £50,000 are being given away to schools and community groups.

Nearly 11 hours after it was closed, motorists are now able to use the Orwell Bridge.

Ipswich’s MP has said work must continue to provide the town with alternative routes for diverted Orwell Bridge traffic in the wake of yesterday’s closure.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24