AN ALCOHOLIC who repeatedly ignored an order not to drink in public was jailed – as a District Judge labelled him “a member of the Huddersfield town centre nuisance drinkers’ club.”
Desmond Ryan, of Whitehead Lane in Primrose Hill, had more than 100 offences to his name.
He turns 60 on Friday but now faces his birthday in jail after Judge Michael Fanning grew tired of his inability to comply with court and community orders.
Most of Ryan’s offending is related to his constant breaches of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and, more recently, his Criminal Behaviour Order.
The two-year order was made in October last year due to his persistent nuisance offending in the town.
One of the requirements of the CBO is not to have possession of any open container of alcohol within Huddersfield town centre.
However, Ryan breached this prohibition twice this month alone.
Prosecutor Richard Blackburn told Kirklees Magistrates’ Court that on September 1 Ryan was spotted by a Police Community Support Officer outside Byram Arcade at 6pm.
He said: “He was holding a can of lager and when questioned about it he replied: ‘It’s not mine – I’m just holding it for someone else.’
“The officer took it away from him and he was arrested.”
The second offence occurred at 8pm on September 21 when shortly after 8pm Ryan was again seen by a PCSO.
This time he was holding a can of lager outside Yorkshire Building Society on New Street, Mr Blackburn said.
He told the court: “When challenged the defendant started shouting and swearing that he was not drinking.
“He threatened to knock the officer out.”
The court was told that Ryan had 74 convictions for 108 offences on his record.
Most of these related to his court orders and included an occasion when he ignored a ban on entering St Peter’s Gardens – which he claimed he used as a short cut as he was desperate for the loo.
He pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching his CBO.
Fazaila Kauser, mitigating, said: “Mr Ryan is 59 and turns 60 this Friday.
“He is extremely ashamed and sorry – he said he should have known better.”
Judge Fanning told Ryan: “You have a pretty poor record and are associated with the Huddersfield town centre nuisance drinkers’ club.
“The local authority and police are trying to break this up and a number of you have orders to prevent you being a drunken nuisance.
“That’s why you cannot have an open can in the town centre and efforts have been made by the court and probation to address your underlying problem.
“But if it cannot be addressed in the community, my only option is to send you to jail.”
Judge Fanning jailed Ryan for a total of 10 weeks.