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Probation for Douglas man who offended five times in eight months

23-year-old told to address alcohol consumption

A Douglas man who was abusive to medical staff at Noble’s Hospital has been handed a 12-month probation order and told to address his alcohol consumption.

Aaron John Lilley, of Princes Avenue, committed five drink related offences in eight months – including being drunk and disorderly at the Emergency Department on 1 September.

The 23-year-old was taken there by paramedics with a minor head injury but absconded – police were called due to his level of intoxication and waited with him whilst he was being assessed.

Lilley was rude to doctors and nurses and was warned to stop swearing – he then demanded officers pay for his taxi home before slamming the hospital phone resulting in his arrest.

Five days earlier, on 27 August, Lilley had been arrested in Castle Street in Douglas due to officers having ‘grave concerns’ about his safety.

He was drunk and acting in a ‘silly manner’ after being asked to leave Brendan O’Donnells pub where he’d been seen drinking other people’s drinks after he was refused service.

At Douglas Courthouse Lilley admitted being drunk and incapable and breaching a licensing order imposed earlier that month.

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“The problem you have with alcohol and drugs is only going to get worse if you don’t address it.” - High Bailiff Jayne Hughes

Lilley also admitted possessing 1.4 grams of cannabis, at a property on Circular Road, on 9 June.

The court was told Lilley had admitted to an alcohol and prescription medication dependency and was ‘homeless and sofa-surfing’ at the time of his offending.

Lilley’s advocate added: “When he is lonely, upset and troubled he tends to drink,” adding: “It’s an inappropriate coping mechanism.”

Passing sentence High Bailiff Jayne Hughes also imposed a 12-month licensing ban and ordered Lilley to pay £300 in prosecution costs telling Lilley: “This is an opportunity – make the most of it.”

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