Drunk man had to be re­strained on rail­way tracks

Carmarthen Journal - - News -

A MAN had to be re­strained by mem­bers of the pub­lic after he was seen on rail­way tracks try­ing to pick up money while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

Sa­muel Richard Bil­lanie, of Brew­ery Road, Car­marthen was spot­ted on the tracks at Llanelli on Novem­ber 3.

The 24 year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of en­ter­ing onto the rail­way while un­fit, as a re­sult of be­ing in a state of in­tox­i­ca­tion.

Pros­e­cu­tor Sian Vaughan said: “Po­lice of­fi­cers were called at 9.30am to the rail­way tracks and a male was be­ing re­strained by mem­bers of the pub­lic as he had been try­ing to pick up money off the tracks.

“He was in an in­tox­i­cated state and couldn’t stand on his own and had fallen over. “

Bil­lanie was not rep­re­sented by a de­fence so­lic­i­tor at the court.

When asked by district judge Christo­pher James about what he wanted to say about the of­fence Bil­lanie said: “Ob­vi­ously I was drunk yeah...erm yeah.”

He gave no fur­ther ex­pla­na­tion for his ac­tions or be­hav­iour on the day in ques­tion.

The court heard Bil­lanie was in breach of a 15-month con­di­tional dis­charge given to him by the courts in Septem­ber for a sim­i­lar of­fence of be­ing drunk and dis­or­derly.

That of­fence had oc­curred in Car­marthen on Au­gust 24 and he was dealt with by Llanelli Mag­is­trates’ Court on Septem­ber 21.

Sen­tenc­ing Bil­lanie, district judge James fined him £80 for en­ter­ing onto the rail­way while in­tox­i­cated.

He was also told to pay court costs of £85 and a vic­tim sur­charge of £30.

There was no penalty for the breach of the con­di­tional dis­charge.

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