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Grief-stricken man fined for being drunk in public

36-year-old pleads guilty to charge

A Douglas man's been fined after lockdown pressures, and losing a pet, led him to getting so drunk he couldn't understand police officers.

Thirty-six-year-old James George Hewitt, of Woodbourne Square, appeared before High Bailiff Jayne Hughes at Douglas Courthouse.

He pleaded guilty to a single charge of being found drunk in a public place.

Prosecution advocate Hazel Carroon told the court paramedics called police at around 7.30pm on 24 March after they’d tried to help Hewitt.

Hewitt had become agitated and when police arrived he was unable to understand basic conversation.

After they decided he wasn't able to look after himself he was arrested and taken to police headquarters.

Defence advocate Kate Alexander said lockdown had proved hugely stressful for her client and Hewitt was grief-stricken after the death of a beloved pet.

Hewitt was fined £150 and also ordered to pay £125 towards prosecution costs.

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