Teen mourner found drunk after Nelson funeral

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court

A TEENAGE mourner found lying on the ground drunk after a funeral started trouble when police called an ambulance, a court heard.

Lauren Sweeney became argumentative and uncooperative and shouted and swore at officers and the ambulance crew. She then pushed the paramedics aside and ran off, screaming. The 18-year-old was arrested but later could recall nothing of what went on, Pennine Magistrates’ Court was told.

Sweeney, of Charles Street, Nelson, admitted being drunk and disorderly. She was fined £65 with £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge and got a warning from a judge.

Mr Andrew Robinson (prosecuting) said police were called to Bond Street, Nelson, at 7-15 p.m. on August 17th and found the defendant on the floor, very drunk and incoherent.

She stood up, was unsteady on her feet, then became aggressive and was shouting and swearing.

The defendant, who was not legally represented, told the hearing: “I had been to a funeral during the day. I can remember having a drink and after that I can’t remember anything. I drink every blue moon but when I do drink, I go too far with it.”

District Judge Peter Ward told Sweeney: “This is not good for a young woman to be lying in the street in this state. It is not good for you. It is physically harmful to your general state of health.”