Alcoholic from Flintshire tells court he's 'over the moon' to be remanded in custody

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AN alcoholic told magistrates that he was “over the moon” to be remanded in custody.

Paul Iwan Evans said that he had been asking for detoxification for ages out in the community.

But a remand in custody until Tuesday meant that he would be off the beer.

Evans, 36, of no fixed abode, admitted two breaches of his criminal behaviour order by being drunk in public and pestering a woman on a bus.

But he said he was homeless and an alcoholic.

“Where am I supposed to drink?” he said.

At Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold Evans was remanded in custody pending sentence on Tuesday.

The court heard that last November during a bus journey from Flint to Holywell he pestered a woman on a bus.

Initially he urinated on the bus shelter and then was shadow boxing with her son which caused him upset.

It happened again on the bus and the boy moved away with her ex-partner.

But he then turned his attention to the woman, commenting on her blue eyes and asking if she had a boyfriend.

He tried to hold her hand and at one stage was almost on top of her but she was able to barge past him and get off the bus.

Prosecutor Nicola Wyn-Williams said the woman contacted the police and officers found her in a state of distress and crying.

On Thursday he was arrested and was drunk in the street, something he was prohibited from doing by the criminal behaviour order, which was imposed on him in September 2015.

The court heard that he had previous convictions for 80 offences, including nine previous breaches of the order.

He previously had an ASBO and had breached that as well.

Phillip Lloyd Jones, defending, said that his client was attending an appointment with the probation service.

Rather than send him straight back to prison he could be interviewed by the probation service, who could provide the sentencing court with an update, he said.

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