Nui­sance drunk ar­rested as wife was about to give birth

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ar­rest when he failed to show.

Jonas, of Brad­ford Road in Dews­bury, had been stay­ing in Ro­ma­nia but then de­cided to re­turn to West York­shire with his wife.

He was ar­rested at Hud­der­s­field Royal In­fir­mary on Mon­day, his so­lic­i­tor Carl Kings­ley said.

Mr Kings­ley ex­plained: “He was ar­rested from the hos­pi­tal where his wife was giv­ing birth to twins by cae­sar­ian sec­tion.

“That was Mon­day so I imag­ine that the mat­ter has now taken place.”

The Hud­der­s­field court was told that Jonas had been in­volved in sev­eral drunken in­ci­dents in the past in­volv­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic as well as po­lice.

On one oc­ca­sion his own sis­ter called po­lice be­cause she was up­set by his be­hav­iour.

Pros­e­cu­tor Vicky True­man asked Judge Scan­lon to make a CBO pre­vent­ing Jonas from act­ing in a man­ner likely to cause ha­rass­ment, alarm or dis­tress in pub­lic.

Mr Kings­ley ar­gued that the im­po­si­tion of such an order was un­nec­es­sary and “us­ing a sledge­ham­mer to crack a nut.”

But Judge Scan­lon granted the ap­pli­ca­tion, warn­ing Jonas to “be­have like a 26-year-old about to have a child.”

He told him: “You’re more than a so­cial nui­sance as you go round and about in pub­lic drunk and with­out any thought for the af­fect it has on oth­ers.

“You have been drink­ing too much in pub­lic, up­set­ting other peo­ple when you’re drunk and caus­ing law abid­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to turn around and go the other way when they see you.

“Let me make it clear that town cen­tres are pub­lic spa­ces for every­one.

“If you can’t be­have when you’ve had too much to drink then your right to do what you want is go­ing to be stopped be­cause everybody else’s right to go about their busi­ness wins.”

The CBO bans Jonas fron en­ter­ing Dews­bury town cen­tre as de­fined by a map for two years.

He was also banned from drink­ing al­co­hol in any pub­lic place other than a li­censed premises for the same pe­riod.

Jonas will have to pay £100 com­pen­sa­tion for the dam­age caused to the ve­hi­cle, £250 fine and £30 vic­tim sur­charge.

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