Man apologises for being drunk and disorderly

An Eastbourne man has apologised to the courts for his behaviour after shouting at members of the public in the town centre.

Police spoke to Gary Davies after being called to the Gildredge pub on Monday March 4.

After noticing he was drunk he was told to go home.

But Eastbourne magistrates heard the 45-year-old failed to heed their advice and began saying, ‘You can’t tell me what to do’.

Despite repeatedly being warned by police officers about his behaviour Davies began shouting at members of the public and then approached police saying, ‘Arrest me, go on and arrest me then’.

Prosecutor Mark Kateley told the court the defendant was advised to calm down but failed to so and was duly arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

At a hearing at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday this week Davies, of Seaside Road, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

It is the third time he has committed such an offence within eight months, with the other incidents taking place in August last year and in January this year.

Davies, representing himself, said he had sought help, adding, “I’m sorry about my actions, it’s inexcusable.

“I have referred myself to Action for Change, because something has to change.

“I’m sorry to the police as well.

“I’m quite disgusted with myself and embarrassed about it.

“I’ve used Action for Change before and I think I need to do it again as I’ve become too complacent.”

Davies was told by Eastbourne magistrates that visitors to the town and residents did not want to see such behaviour and fined him £55.

He must also pay £50 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.