Teen faces jail after second breach

A TEENAGER from is facing the threat of jail today after breaching a court order for a second time in little more than a month.

A TEENAGER from Hadleigh is facing the threat of jail today after breaching a court order for a second time in little more than a month.

Jake Munson, 19, of Aldham Road, was given a criminal anti-social behaviour order (CRASBO) on July 26 which banned him from drinking alcohol in public, being in possession of alcohol in public or being drunk in public.

But less than a week after the order was imposed Munson breached it for the first time on August 1.

The trouble-maker admitted the breach to magistrates in Sudbury on August 29 and was ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work and pay £60 in costs as punishment.

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But just five days after his court appearance, Munson breached the order again when he was found drunk in Hadleigh's Magdalen Road car park in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Naomi Turner, prosecuting, told South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court: “The defendant was found in an intoxicated state. His speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet.

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“He'd had three cans of lager and shared a bottle of WKD at a friend's birthday.

“He was certainly less than cooperative towards the police.”

Munson's solicitor, Mark Holt, said: “Alcohol is a factor in this offence. He'd been drinking at a friend's address. He can drink however much he pleases there.

“Then he tries to make his way between his friend's address and his homes address in Hadleigh.

“He's got his head down. He tries to make his way home as quickly as possible.

“Others behind him cause a commotion.”

The noise altered police officers to Munson, who has suffered from depression and spent time in Ipswich's St Clement's Hospital, and they arrested him.

After pleading guilty to the offence, magistrates told Munson he could face a custodial term once a pre-sentence report was prepared.

He will return to court for sentencing on September 24.

Do you think CRASBOs are the answer for Hadleigh's anti-social behaviour problems? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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