Troublesome drunk told to behave

AN Ipswich drunk who urinated in public and upset his neighbours is today under orders to behave himself or go to prison.Frank Garrett, 52, of Prince of Wales Drive, appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates accused of urinating in front of young children on Christchurch Park, exposing himself in the town centre and terrorising his neighbours of 17 years.

AN Ipswich drunk who urinated in public and upset his neighbours is today under orders to behave himself or go to prison.

Frank Garrett, 52, of Prince of Wales Drive, appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates accused of urinating in front of young children on Christchurch Park, exposing himself in the town centre and terrorising his neighbours of 17 years.

Garrett pleaded guilty to two charges of using threatening behaviour or insulting words likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to others and one charge of harassment.

The court heard that the owner of a chocolate shop in Dial Lane, Bob Zablok, had contacted the police after a string of incidents involving a drunk Garrett.


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Stephen Colman, prosecuting, said: "On a daily basis he suffered disorderly behaviour from Mr Garrett outside his shop. He urinated in the courtyard outside the shop and walked past the shop with his genitalia hanging out of the front of his trousers."

On another occasion a park ranger spotted Garrett drinking alcohol out of a milk shake bottle and urinating on the park in full view of young families.

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Garrett's neighbours had also become the victims of his drunken behaviour.

Valerie, Albert and Gordon Noble, of Prince of Wales Drive, complained that Garrett hurled verbal abuse at them and intimidated them.

Mr Colman said: "Mr Garrett said 'murderer, you have killed my two grandchildren and I am taking photos of your every movement.'"

On other occasions Garrett stood at his landing window and started at the Nobles for more than an hour; accused them of being responsible for his dogs being taken away; and once he sat drinking on his garage roof, making noises and shouting and swearing at the Nobles, who were in their garden.

Mrs Noble said they had tried to ignore Garrett but found it difficult to go about their daily business. Mr Colman added: "He said to them 'Call the police, I don't care. They won't do anything because they feel sorry for me.'"

The court heard Garrett had a previous conviction for harassment and was bound over to keep the peace and put on a 12-month community rehabilitation order.

Ian Persaud, mitigating for Garrett, urged the magistrates not to make an anti social behaviour order or a restraining order because he feared Garrett would be unable to comply due to his drink problem and that he would end up in prison.

He said: "If he breaches a restraining order each breach could amount to a five year prison sentence."

However, Garrett was made the subject of a two-year ASBO preventing him from entering Dial Lane or Christchurch Park, drinking alcohol in public or being drunk in public. A two-year restraining order was also made preventing Garrett from harassing the Nobles or contacting them in any way.

Garrett was told: "If you breach this order you will be committing a serious offence for which you will probably be sentenced to custody."

A two-year community rehabilitation order was also imposed to help Garrett stop drinking.

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