A man was jailed for 18 months in his absence yesterday for breaches of an anti-social behaviour order banning him from drinking in public in Huddersfield.
Leeds Crown Court heard Michael Thomas Naidole had refused to leave his cell at Armley prison and his sentencing hearing then took place without him.
Marie Harbin, prosecuting, said the ASBO was made in January last year and Naidole was facing sentence for two breaches earlier this year. There were nine previous breaches which had led to him receiving a suspended sentence order.
On April 14 this year at 8.55pm he was seen by staff monitoring CCTV to be in the doorway of the Cherry Tree public house in John William Street in Huddersfield town centre with a can of cider beside him.
He picked it up and walked over the road and continued drinking and was then arrested by police sent to the area.
Five days later he went into the Cherry Tree pub at 11am from which he had previously been banned by the order and was again arrested after staff contacted the police.
Georgina Goring, representing Naidole, said the report about him painted a sad picture of his ongoing problems with drug and alcohol addiction.
He had managed to stabilise his life last September with the help of Lifeline and On Track but when he could not get a prescription on the date of his last release from custody had resorted to his old behaviour.
Jailing Naidole, 35, of Sunbury Grove, Dalton, for six months consecutively on the two offences and implementing the six month suspended sentence also consecutively, Judge James Spencer QC said there had to be immediate jail for repeatedly ignoring the court order.
He said: “He has a very bad record, he is the subject of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order, the provisions of that order prohibit him from drinking in public essentially in south Kirklees in a defined area and also from entering the Cherry Tree Public House. He has breached both of those conditions within days of the suspended sentence being imposed. The court cannot overlook this continued breach of the order.”
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