Ipswich: Trouble-making drunk back in court...just as judge feared

IPSWICH: Loutish drunk Roy Hagley is back behind bars today – just as the appeal judge who cut his last prison sentence predicted.

The boozy 48-year-old, of London Road, admitted breaching an Anti Social Behaviour Order (Asbo) which prevented him from drinking alcohol in public.

His latest misdemeanour comes just weeks after he was told he would not have to serve the remainder of a ten-month jail stretch for threatening and abusive behaviour, and breaching a previous Asbo – despite judge Mr Justice Openshaw admitting he would “no doubt reoffend again”.

And the judge’s fears were quickly realised when on October 25, just 13 days later, Hagley was back in court – this time for scuffling with a council worker and trashing a police cell, for which he was ordered to pay �150 compensation.

On Tuesday, Hagley – who has an unenviable 150 convictions to his name – was once again back at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to breaching his Asbo.

The court heard that police officers were called to St Matthew’s Street following a report of public disorder. When they arrived, they found Hagley sitting on a bench with another man and sipping from a can of Special Brew lager.

Hagley’s solicitor warned that his client would be in court “week in, week out forever” unless urgent help is given to him.

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Mark Holt, mitigating, said: “Another man offered him a can and foolishly he accepted it. He has had alcohol issues all of his life.

“For an alcoholic to not be in possession of a drink is somewhat difficult. His addiction tells him that he needs to drink.

“He has not corrected his drink problems through being in custody. And a return there wouldn’t help - he would come out and fall into the same pattern.

“Unless he gets help this situation is going to repeat itself time and time again. He is going to be in court week in, week out, forever. He may need residential re-habilitation.”

Hagley was remanded in custody to appear at Ipswich Crown Court at a later date after magistrates turned down a bail request.

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