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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Man has ‘unpleasant record for violence’, Cumbrian court told

A man with an “unenviable” criminal record has been fined for being drunk and argumentative in Whitehaven.

Rhys Paul Mason, 21, of Peter Street, Whitehaven, admitted one count of being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

Stuart Pattinson, prosecuting, told the court that Mason was “remonstrating” outside the John Paul Jones pub on Duke Street.

“Officers found him to be drunk and argumentative” he said, adding that he had an “unpleasant record for violence”.

Mason initially pleaded not guilty and the case was scheduled for trial.

But he changed his plea to guilty when he appeared at West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court in Workington.

Neil Pilling, defending Mason, said his client had an “unenviable record” but had “kept his nose clean” since his last period of imprisonment.

He also said that his girlfriend had helped keep him in check.

Magistrates ordered him to pay a fine of £45, costs of £150, and a victim surcharge of £15, making a total of £210.

Magistrates told Mason that this sum will be deducted from his benefits at a rate of £5 a week.

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