A MAN who believed “the police had it in for him” was arrested yesterday after he failed to attend a court hearing on Friday.
On Friday, a warrant for Craig Lethaby’s arrest was issued and he appeared before magistrates today having been held in custody overnight.
During today’s hearing Lethaby, 32, of no fixed abode, admitted breaching his bail by not turning up to North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
He also admitted the original offence of using threatening and abusive behaviour on Barnstaple High Street on July 14 at 5.30am.
Anne Hampshire, for the prosecution, told the court on July 14 Lethaby was seen on CCTV sat on the pavement outside Prezzo on the High Street.
When police approached him on the pavement he was asleep and they realised he had been drinking.
When the officers woke him they were going to give him a dispersal order but he became aggressive and started swearing at them.
He told them: “You have had in for me all night”.
Debbie Bakehouse, for the defence, said her client had been drinking a lot of vodka and had fallen asleep, when he was woken up he was very distressed.
Magistrates fined Lethaby £50 for each offence but said the time he had spent in custody overnight would be taken in lieu.