Al­co­holic smug­gled booze into re­hab

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

AN AL­CO­HOLIC who has strug­gled to beat her ad­dic­tion has been jailed af­ter smug­gling booze into re­hab.

Kerry Hard­cas­tle, 45, was given a 12 month com­mu­nity or­der in Fe­bru­ary af­ter a drunk and dis­or­derly charge and told to carry out an al­co­hol treat­ment pro­gramme.

But she has failed to com­ply with the or­der, Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates Court heard.

It was then re­placed with a sus­pended sen­tence and Hard­cas­tle, of Catch­penny Lane, Lower Withing­ton, was told to con­tinue the al­co­hol treat­ment and warned that she must make ef­forts to stop drink­ing.

She be­came a res­i­dent at the Reach Out and Re­cover (ROAR) pro­gramme for six months, but strug­gled to deal with the re­stric­tions and af­ter six weeks smug­gled al­co­hol into the cen­tre, the court was told.

Her pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer Thomas Whit­taker said: “She re­lapsed and se­creted al­co­hol in re­hab, plac­ing other res­i­dents at risk, and was asked to leave. She be­came ag­gres­sive and was ad­vised that if she be­came sober they would have her back, but she con­tin­ued to drink and her place was with­drawn.

“At a meet­ing with pro­ba­tion she was in­tox­i­cated, ag­gres­sive and threat­ened of­fi­cers. We re­ceived a call from her part­ner say­ing she was mak­ing threats to throw her­self un­der a train. Po­lice were called and she was taken to A&E but ab­sconded. The man­ager of ROAR has said all op­tions have been ex­hausted to help her.”

Hard­cas­tle ad­mit­ted fail­ing to com­ply with the com­mu­nity re­quire­ments of a sus­pended sen­tence.

De­fend­ing, Jenny Field said she had made ef­forts to stop drink­ing by con­tact­ing the Chang­ing Lanes sup­port group for help. She said: “She ap­pre­ci­ates that she’s placed her­self in a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion. She was in re­hab for six weeks but re­lapsed and found it hard to get back on track.

“She is very re­gret­ful of what’s hap­pened in her life. She’s had a chaotic lifestyle but is mo­ti­vated.”

Chair­man of the bench Stephen Con­quer said: “It’s very re­gret­table that you find your­self in court to­day. In light of your re­cent history we don’t have any con­fi­dence that left to your own de­vices you will stay off the drink. Some­thing is go­ing to be re­quired to in­flu­ence that so we are re­vok­ing the sus­pended sen­tence and giv­ing you 12 weeks cus­tody to en­force your detox.”

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