Man blames his disorderly behaviour on too much rum

COURT TODAY BLOCKHe threatened and fought with his brother and broke four window panes belonging to his mother.

The reason for Richard Athelston McClean’s behaviour yesterday was a large bottle of rum which he drank prior to the incident.

McClean, of Liverpool Road, St Michael, pleaded guilty to three-related offences when he went before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court today.

Putting the facts, Sergeant Robert Jones said McClean went to his mother’s home and approached her in an aggressive manner. He and his brother Evan subsequently got into argument which later turned into a fight.

McClean then took up a piece of metal and hit his mother’s windows, breaking four panes of glass. During that time, he also told his brother:  “I will kill you.”

The police were called. When they arrived, McClean ran off but was later arrested.

When it was his turn to speak, the convict told the court that “a girl say she had something for me since Christmas”. He then demonstrated to the court the size of the bottle which, he said, “is what got me behaving so.”

McClean admitted to the magistrate “I does drink, Sir”, but had consumed more than usual on the day of the incident that “I vomit pon myself”.

The incident came about through alcohol, McClean acknowledged, saying he would like to get his life together.

The mother, who was present, told the court her son “could be very good until he drinks.”

She asked the magistrate for help for him as she believed he smoked as well, even though she had never seen him doing so.

However, the repeat offender felt the best solution was for him to “get from round” his family.

Magistrate Frederick later convicted, reprimanded and discharged McClean for damaging the windows and for using the threatening words.

For assaulting his brother, the unemployed man was placed on a six-month bond to keep the peace and must attend Alcoholics Anonymous. If he breaches that bond, he will be jailed for a similar time.

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