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Wrexham man who breached sentence arrived in court drunk

Published date: 11 February 2013 |
Published by: Staff Reporter
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A MAN who turned up drunk in court after drinking half a bottle of sherry was jailed for 62 weeks.

Paul Andrew Griffiths, an alcoholic, had received the chance of a suspended sentence in December for an offence of grievous bodily harm.

But Mold Crown Court heard he had breached the sentence and had only attended some of the appointments required with the probation service.

He had since been prosecuted for a public order offence when he was seen to aim a punch at another man near Wrexham Library, and had been sentenced for three offences of theft.

Sentencing Griffiths, 24, who lives at the Ty Nos Night Shelter in Wrexham, Judge Merfyn Hughes QC told him had been given a chance in December but the suspended sentence had not worked in any way, shape or form.

Griffiths, who had previous convictions for 150 offences, denied breachinghis bail after he was late arriving in court yesterday but was convicted.

The judge said he found the defendant’s explanation rambling, incoherent and contradictory.

He had consumed half a bottle of sherry and instead of getting himself to court on time had left it to his solicitor to find him.

The court heard how the GBH charge arose when a defenceless, homeless man was kicked in the head “like a football” by a woman  as he lay on the ground.

The victim was in a roadway already covered in blood after he was attacked by a group of people who were “like a pack of dogs”.

While staff from a homeless centre tried to help him a couple approached and were involved in a sickening attack.

The victim was lying in the road when Griffiths was seen to kneel over him and punch him in the head.

Griffiths was described in court as an alcoholic but Myles Wilson, defending, said the probation service had lost patience with him and did not believe it could help him anymore.

Griffiths had both a drink and drugs problem and the frustrating thing was he was making progress as far as the drugs were concerned.

But he had not done so well in other aspects of the order.

He appreciated that custody was now the only option.

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