Drinker forgot court dates

BOOZED-up Frank Saunders who got his court dates muddled up, was ordered by magistrates to pay £230 compensation after drunkenly smashing a window.Saunders, described in court as having " a severe drink problem", admitted criminal damage and failure to surrender to custody without lawful excuse on January 22.

BOOZED-up Frank Saunders who got his court dates muddled up, was ordered by magistrates to pay £230 compensation after drunkenly smashing a window.

Saunders, described in court as having " a severe drink problem", admitted criminal damage and failure to surrender to custody without lawful excuse on January 22.

He was charged with being drunk and disorderly on January 18 and given a 12-month conditional discharge.

Earlier prosecutor David Taylor told the court the police were called to Girton Way in Ipswich – where Saunders lives – because he was shouting and swearing aggressively.

Four days later the 28-year-old broke a 3ft square window at the Jade Chinese Takeway in Cambridge Drive.

Tanya Thomas, mitigating, said: "He has a severe drink problem and had consumed a quarter of a litre of vodka and a bottle of brandy in one day." She added his drink problem had worsened since November 2000, following his mother's suicide.

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The former cleaner had been prescribed anti-depressants and was drinking on top of this prescription.

"On Friday night he was walking past the takeaway and kicked the door do his foot went through the glass panel," said Thomas.

She added the dad of two failed to surrender to custody because he turned up to the court on the wrong date after leaving his charge sheet behind at the police station.

Chairman of the bench, Anne Parry, told him the damage to the window was a "deliberate act" and on top of the compensation, fined him £10 for the bail act offence.

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