Prob­lems with drink and drugs

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Chap­man ad­mit­ted the three crim­i­nal dam­ages charges, the in­de­cent ex­po­sure charge and the charge of send­ing an of­fen­sive or men­ac­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

In court, he seemed vis­i­bly dis­traught by his ac­tions, and was seen at times bury­ing his head in his hands and at other times cry­ing.

He cur­rently re­ceives £71 per week in in­ca­pac­ity ben­e­fits.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Niall Doherty said he should be helped to re­ha­bil­i­tate him­self from his drink and drug prob­lems.

For the acts of crim­i­nal dam­age against Mr Souter and Mrs Holt-Souter, Chap­man was given a four­month pri­son sen­tence sus­pended for one year.

He was or­dered to pay com­pen­sa­tion of £500 to Mr Souter for dam­age done to his van and £180 to Mr Llewellyn for the dam­age done to his mo­tor­bike.

Mag­is­trates also or­dered him to com­plete a year-long com­mu­nity or­der in­clud­ing treat­ment for his al­co­hol ad­dic­tion for at least six months, with a 20-day ac­tiv­ity re­quire­ment.

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