A PENSIONER has admitted being drunk and disorderly in Wrexham town centre on Boxing Day.
Albert Evans, 66, of no fixed address, apologised to all concerned when he appeared from custody at Flintshire magistrates’ court in Mold yesterday.
He said it had been caused by the medication he was taking.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, said police were called to Regent Street at about noon to reports of a man being abusive.
They found Evans with a drink in his hand. He was abusive and was arrested.
David Matthews, defending, said his client had not understood he was drinking in an area where open-air drinking was prohibited. He had been quietly sitting, sharing a drink with a friend.
Everything was fine but he took issue when an officer approached and removed his drink from him.
“That is why he ended up getting arrested,” he explained. “He objected to the officer’s actions.”
Evans was a man who had been living in a homeless shelter over Christmas. He did not receive any benefits.
Magistrates fined him £50. No costs were imposed but he was told to pay a £20 surcharge but they said he would not have to pay it and it would be “deemed served” by the 24 hours he had spent in custody.