Soldier pays price for drunken night out in Ipswich

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

A drunken night out in Ipswich town centre has cost a soldier £455 in court fines and charges.

Lewis Compton, of Merville Barracks, Colchester, admitted threatening behaviour on November 22 when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

The 27-year-old also pleaded guilty to breaching a 12-month conditional discharge which he received from Colchester magistrates on May 8 for being drunk and disorderly.

Prosecutor Wayne Ablett told the court that during Compton’s latest offence he became involved with an argument in the early hours of the morning with a female outside Revolution in the Cattle Market.

The court heard he was swearing at her.

A police officer became concerned about Compton’s language and spoke to him. However, his behaviour continued and he was arrested.

Compton, representing himself, said: “There’s no doubt I was intoxicated. I was out with a few of my friends. I was upset, hence my abusive language.”

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Compton then apologised to the court.

Magistrates fined him £100 for threatening behaviour and ordered him to pay a £150 criminal courts charge, £85 costs, and £20 to the victims’ fund.

Compton was also fined a further £100 for breaching his conditional discharge.