A REVELLER who was arrested for not leaving Terminus Road has ended up in court.
Wayne Standen, of Etchingham Road, appeared at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning (February 15) and pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the direction of a police officer.
The court heard 24-year-old Standen was in ‘high spirits’ after moving in to a new flat with his girlfriend. The pair had enjoyed vodka together before going to the pub, where Standen had a couple of pints.
Helen Wallace, defending, told magistrates the couple attempted to go into a town centre nightclub and Standen became upset after a security search.
Ms Wallace said, “He felt his private parts had been touched and was a bit upset.
“It was at that point the police came past and they asked him to move off.
“He remembers being warned and he apologised but did not understand what he had done.”
Standen was told to leave Terminus Road but he and his partner walked off down the street to get a taxi and Standen was subsequently arrested for not leaving the area.
Ms Wallace added, “At its worst I think it was a misunderstanding.
“He was on his way to the nearest taxi rank. His intentions were well meaning – he really did want to go home.”
Standen was given a six-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £20 in court costs.