ALCOHOLIC Connor Buckley denied to police that he had been drinking, but then he burped into an officer’s face and it stank of intoxicants.

The former Holywell man was jailed after he admitted the ninth breach of his criminal behaviour order.

Buckley appeared from custody at North East Wales Magistrates’ Court at Mold and pleaded guilty to breaching the order again on New Year’s Eve.

It followed an incident when police were called to Maes Gwyn in Flint where he had been visiting relatives but was said to be “highly intoxicated and abusive”.

Buckley, 23, of no fixed abode but who previously lived at Penymaes Gardens in Holywell, received a 27 week prison sentence after he admitted breaching the criminal behaviour order, breaching his post sentence supervision and breaching a community order.

He was warned that but for his guilty plea he would have been sent to the crown court for sentence where he could have expected a greater sentence.

A new four year criminal behaviour order was made under which he is not to use abusive, intimidating of threatening language or behaviour and he is not to be drunk in a public place in England or Wales.

The order was also there to help him, said magistrates, because it contained a condition that he should attend any courses recommended to him by agencies to tackle his alcoholism.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson said the current two year order was made in January 2017. Police were now suggesting a fresh ten year order.

On the afternoon of December 31 police were called to Maes Gwyn in Flint where the defendant attended in a highly intoxicated state and made threats if he was not allowed in.

Police spoke to him and he denied that he was drunk - but then burped in an officer’s face and it stank of intoxicants.

He later voluntarily attended the police station when sober.

Mrs Jackson said he had already been before the court for breaching the criminal behaviour order on eight separate occasions.

He also breached a restraining order in June of last year for which he was jailed.

Buckley was described in court as an alcoholic who had a difficult upbringing.

His relationship with his parents had been strained but he had been close to an uncle.

The defendant was a man who used alcohol as a mechanism of coping with his mental illness which had deteriorated.

He was clearly a vulnerable man who was struggling with alcohol and who wished to apologise for what had happened.