A man who was arrested for being drunk and disorderly on the very day he was released from prison has escaped a swift return to custody.
Craig Greenall, 37, of Dodmans Close, Lynn, pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared before in court on Tuesday.
But, instead of being sent back to jail, as he could have been under his licence, he was given a six month conditional discharge and told to pay a £15 victim surcharge.
The court had heard Greenall was now taking a special drug designed to stop him drinking, while probation officers had told him they were not recalling him to prison.
Passing sentence, presiding magistrate Anna Piggott told him: “We feel this may be the time for a chance.”
Susannah Chowdhury, prosecuting, earlier told the court Greenall had been ejected from the Kudos nightclub in Norfolk Street, Lynn on March 20, because of his drunkenness.
He then approached a police officer and swore about the club’s door staff. Although he was told to go home, he continued to be abusive and was arrested.
George Sorrell, mitigating, said the incident had happened on the day his client was released from jail and that he had not drunk alcohol since.
He added Greenall was now taking a drug called antabuse which was designed to make him stop consuming alcohol.
He said: “He wanted to celebrate but, combined with the alcohol and too much of it, he became so drunk and abusive he wasn’t in control of his own actions.”