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Grieving man fined for drink spree

PUBLISHED: 21:36 29 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

A GRIEVING drunk who had to be propped up by two passers-by in Ipswich town centre has been fined £10 by magistrates.

Tattooed Sonny Westgate, of Stoke Street, Ipswich, who had recently lost his wife of 12 years from cancer admitted being found drunk in St Lawrence Lane, on December 20.

A GRIEVING drunk who had to be propped up by two passers-by in Ipswich town centre has been fined £10 by magistrates.

Tattooed Sonny Westgate, of Stoke Street, Ipswich, who had recently lost his wife of 12 years from cancer admitted being found drunk in St Lawrence Lane, on December 20.

Prosecuting, Ros Jones, told the court police on duty at the Buttermarket after 5pm were approached by two people who were supporting Westgate.

"He smelt of alcohol, was unsteady on his feet and was incoherent," said Mrs Jones.

Westgate, a habitual drunk, told the court: "I felt very distressed. I was married to this woman who had cancer and died. I miss my wife. I have been pretty good [out of court] for quite a while now," adding he was last up before the courts in September.

South East Suffolk Magistrates, sitting in Ipswich gave the 49-year-old their condolences before adding: "I have noticed the fact that the gaps between your offences are smaller. But it does disturb and upset the public."

Westgate was also ordered to pay a further £10 costs.


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