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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Carlisle man wanted to be sent to prison

A hard-up man claimed he was better off in prison after being landed with a fine.

Gareth McCabe, of Haig Road, Harraby, Carlisle, told magistrates he was “struggling to survive” after losing his job.

McCabe, 35, admitted being drunk and disorderly and failing to answer bail and attend court.

Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard he had been acting aggressively towards police officers at the Attic bar in Crosby Street on February 16.

McCabe was “staring menacingly” and kept repeating “I’m a free man, I can walk away” before he was arrested.

The court heard McCabe had numerous previous convictions for being drunk and disorderly, resisting officers and failing to surrender to the courts.

Representing himself, McCabe pleaded with magistrates not to fine him for his latest offences.

He said: “I lost my job and have been trying to get the dole sorted but I’ve had no money for the past two weeks and have been struggling to survive.

“I can’t even afford to pay the gas and electricity bill in my house – I’m better off in custody.

“It’s up to you if you want to fine me but I can’t afford to pay it.”

However, magistrates handed him a £55 fine for being drunk and disorderly and he must pay a £20 victim surcharge.

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