Market trader fined for being drunk

AN Ipswich market trader is £80 poorer today after admitting his third drunk and disorderly offence in a year.Christopher Holt, 20, was aggressive towards police officers in Gibbon Street, when they spoke to him for shouting abuse at passing cars on December 17 last year.

AN Ipswich market trader is £80 poorer today after admitting his third drunk and disorderly offence in a year.

Christopher Holt, 20, was aggressive towards police officers in Gibbon Street, when they spoke to him for shouting abuse at passing cars on December 17 last year.

He ended up before magistrates in Ipswich yet again on a charge of being drunk and disorderly following two earlier offences.

Holt of Ulster Avenue said: "I'll plead guilty because it probably did happen but I can't remember that far back."

Godfried Duah prosecution at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court said Holt was first arrested on February 4 last year for being drunk and disorderly.

He was shouting abuse at police officers and threatened them with a bicycle.

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In July Holt was conditionally discharged after pleading guilty to the offence.

However was arrested on March 9 again after being found by police drunk and shouting abuse.

Holt pleaded guilty to the third charge of being drunk and disorderly.

At his latest court appearance Holt, who earns £60 a week as a market trader, told magistrates: "I do not have a problem with drink it just when I have a drink I lose my temper."

He was fined a total of £60 for the offence in December, and was ordered to pay £20 towards court costs.

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