A WOMAN has been allowed to vary her court order – to let her smoke outside.
Alison Wilkinson was before Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday to ask for her curfew to be varied.
The Birkby woman was given a 12-month community order on July 19.
This included an alcohol treatment requirement and a six-week curfew.
The curfew, which ends on January 30, runs from 7pm to 7am.
Magistrates were told that Wilkinson, currently staying in a hostel, wanted this to be changed so that she could go outside.
They heard that she wanted to get to the smoking shelter nearby.
The court heard that the hostel does not allow residents to smoke out of the window and that there are smoke alarms fitted everywhere.
Wilkinson told magistrates that she smokes 15 – 20 cigarettes a day.
When asked if she could quit, she replied that she needed to stop drinking before giving up smoking.
Magistrates agreed to vary her curfew.
This means that another electronic box will be fitted at the entrance of the building.
This will allow her to get to the shelter without breaching her order.