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Man admits using provoking behaviour at care home days after being sentenced

62-year-old re-sentenced after being found in restricted area

A Douglas man who turned up at a residential home drunk – five days after being sentenced for leaving residents at the facility ‘frightened and fearful – has been re-sentenced.  

Richard Alan Kewley, of Tynwald Road, was found in a resident’s bedroom at Reayrt-ny-Baie on 26 February – despite the area being out of bounds.

Staff tried to get the 62-year-old to move into the common area but Kewley became ‘increasingly agitated’ and began swearing at them; they could smell alcohol and called the police.

When officers arrived at the facility, on Albert Terrace, staff described the friend he’d been visiting as being of ‘some vulnerability’ adding they believed she was ‘distressed’ by the incident.

At Douglas Courthouse Kewley admitted a charge of provoking behaviour.

The prosecutor told the court Kewley had been sentenced for committing the same offence, in the same location, in ‘more or less the same circumstances’ just days earlier.  

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A probation officer told the court Kewley had a long history of alcohol issues and there were ‘significant concerns’ for his welfare.

She said the woman was a ‘companion’ who had lived with Kewley before going into care and added: “This man does need support – he does need ongoing help.”

Representing himself Kewley told Magistrates: “I don’t mean to harm anyone.”

Asked how he could reassure the court an incident like this wouldn’t happen again Kewley responded: “I can’t, can I?”.

Revoking the probation order imposed for the first offence Magistrates imposed a new two-year order telling Kewley: “Nobody is trying to stop you from visiting her but it’s got to be done in the right circumstances.”

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