Row is an ‘ex­pen­sive mis­take’ for drunk man

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A DRUNKEN row proved an ‘ex­pen­sive mis­take’, a court heard.

Ger­rard Martin Fran­cis Coyne, 45, was found by po­lice ar­gu­ing with a group of men out­side his house, pros­e­cu­tors said.

But when po­lice tried to defuse the sit­u­a­tion Coyne, from Mac­cles­field, per­sisted and was ar­rested.

At Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court, Coyne, of Pem­broke Road, ad­mit­ted be­ing drunk and dis­or­derly. The court heard the in­ci­dent took place on the road on April 8. Kate Gaskell, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “PC Robins was called to an ad­dress at 5am. He saw five males and the de­fen­dant walk­ing to­wards the group. He was un­steady on his feet; and ap­peared ex­tremely drunk. [Coyne] was shout­ing and swear­ing ag­gres­sively. The con­sta­ble tried to defuse the sit­u­a­tion by ush­er­ing Coyne away but he went back to the group and stood nose to nose with one of them. He walked off then came back and was ar­rested.”

Coyne, de­fend­ing him­self, said he had no mem­ory of the event which was out­side his own house. Mag­is­trates fined him £100 with £115 costs and called it ‘a rather ex­pen­sive mis­take’.

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