Honiton man ordered to do community work

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court. - Credit: Archant

A Honiton man has been ordered to do unpaid community work after he broke an ASBO by getting drunk and insulting a barmaid.

Freddy Jones was made subject of the anti-social behaviour order three years ago after complaints about him being a drunken nuisance.

The order forbids him from being drunk or abusive in public and he was already subject of a suspended sentence for breaching it in the past. He was taken back to court after getting ‘absolutely hammered’, telling a barmaid she was fat, and knocking over a sign outside the Three Tuns in August last year.

Jones, aged 20, of Northcote Lane, Honiton, admitted breaking an ASBO and was ordered to do 60 hours unpaid community work by Judge Graham Cottle at Exeter Crown Court.

He told him:”In the nine months since these events you have behaved better and not come to the attention of the police in Honiton. You are still subject of a suspended sentence so you need to watch your behaviour when you are out and about.”

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Mr Ian Graham, prosecuting, said Jones went to the Three Tuns on August 1 last year and had some drink before he left. He returned and the bar staff thought he was drunk.

He said:”He was argumentative with other people in the pub. He was going in and out and the barmaid described him as being absolutely hammered. He knocked over a sign outside the pub and eventually left at 10pm.”

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Miss Vanessa Francis, defending, said Jones had been high spirited and CCTV showed him bouncing a rubber ball on the bar. He accepted he may have called the barmaid fat.

She said he has grown up a lot in the past year and now has a girlfriend who is a calming influence on him and he plans to stay out of trouble in the future.

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