KING’S LYNN: Man ‘heading for early grave’, court is told
Homeless alcoholic Paul Pentalow will drink himself into an early grave if he carries on the way he is going, magistrates were told.
The Lynn man branded an ‘habitual drunkard’ by police was back in the dock for being drunk and incapable twice in just 24 hours this week – despite being released from prison only seven days ago.
The 35-year-old was in court on Monday after police found him drunk outside a church the day before, while remembering his mum on Mother’s Day.
He was fined £50 and released, but by 6pm that evening officers found him “virtually unconscious” in Chapel Street, Lynn, and he appeared in court again on Tuesday on the same charge.
Magistrates heard he has already been convicted of similar offences 13 times this year.
Pentelow’s solicitor Ian Graham said police showed “humanity” on Monday, and took Pentelow into custody.
He said: “They found him slumped, virtually unconscious and unable to care for himself. With his significant health and alcohol problems, and the freezing temperatures, they knew he was going to be unable to cope for very much longer.
“For his own protection he spent the night in police custody rather than out on the streets.
“He understands that if this situation persists, his life expectancy is going to be very short indeed. It’s a very sad situation.”
Pentelow, of no fixed abode, appeared in custody on Tuesday and admitted being drunk and incapable in a public place.
Susanna Chowdhury, prosecuting, said: “Officers found him slumped against the side of a church heavily intoxicated. Due to the cold weather they were concerned about his safety.”
Magistrates fined him £60 with £20 costs for the latest offence, but it was deemed spent in lieu of a day spent in court.
Pentelow was declared an ‘habitual drunkard’ last year under the Victorian 1902 Licensing Act.
The order bans him from possessing, purchasing or attempting to purchase alcohol. It also makes it an offence for any licensed premises to sell him alcohol.
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