Drunk jailed to protect the public

Burnley Magistrates' Court
Burnley Magistrates' Court
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A notorious Burnley drunk has been locked up for four weeks after flouting an anti-social behaviour order for the 23rd time.

Paul Manley (49) who has a long criminal record, was banned from entering part of the town under the order, but ignored it and was also using foul language in the street, upsetting passers-by.

Alcoholic Manley, who has health issues, had to go to custody as punishment and to protect the public, Burnley magistrates decided.

The defendant, of Holme Garden, in the town, was convicted of breaching the ASBO, made in January 2013, on May 3rd and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

Mr Nick Dearing (defending) urged the bench to pass a suspended sentence after they announced they were imposing custody.“It’s over two-and-a-half years since he was last incarcerated for offences of this nature. The last breach attracted a fine of £40. This is a remarkable jump to custody. “

Mr Dearing said prison would have a very limited impact on the defendant in terms of rehabilitation. He said : “With a suspended sentence, he would have a deterrent hanging over him.”

The bench said Manley had breached suspended sentences. His behaviour has been intentional, he had caused distress to people and had a substantial record for similar offences.