Offender was on the booze while on court order

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Police had to be called when an offender on a suspended prison sentence order was “heavily under the influence” of alcohol when he reported for an unpaid work session.

Igors Filimonovs (41), of Cross Street, Spalding, was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 24 months, with 170 hours’ unpaid work when he appeared before Lincoln magistrates on December 30 for failing to provide a specimen of breath.

Filimonovs was back in court on Wednesday for breaching that order by failing to report for an unpaid work session on January 24, turning up for unpaid work while under the influence of drink on March 29, failing to provide an acceptable explanation for an absence and failing to maintain contact with his offender manager.

Barbara Newman, from the probation service, said Filimonovs reported for unpaid work on March 29, boarding a bus in Spalding.

“Whilst on route to the work site his behaviour deteriorated,” she said. “It became apparent that Mr Filimonovs was heavily under the influence of alcohol. So much so he refused to leave the work site and the police were called.

“Following this incident Mr Filimonovs has been suspended from the work sheets until the breach has been dealt with.

“When Mr Filimonovs is in attendance at unpaid work, he always works to an excellent standard. However, Mr Filimonovs is aware of the rules in unpaid work and the particular rule not to report under the influence of alcohol or non-treatment drugs.”

Filimonovs was sentenced to 20 additional hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £25 costs.

Presiding magistrate Sarah Jennings told Filimonovs that any further breach would be “looked upon a lot more seriously” and told him he must address his alcohol intake.

Solicitor Liz Harte, mitigating, said: “There’s clearly something of an alcohol issue here because the original offence was alcohol related.”

She said Filimonovs was a hard worker and had completed 78 hours so far to an excellent standard and was willing to work both days at weekends to finish the order as soon as possible.