Alcoholic jailed for defecating in Plymouth street
AN ALCOHOLIC has been jailed for defecating in public when he was caught short in the city centre.
Paul Franklin, aged 46, was locked up for six months for breaching his Anti Social Behaviour Order.
Franklin, of no fixed address, defecated in Royal Parade outside Dingles store early in the morning, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Judge Paul Darlow told him: “It is right this was not done in public for others to see but the results were there for anyone making their lawful way to work to see. The results were disgusting and revolting.”
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Franklin admitted breaching an Anti Social Behaviour Order which specifically forbids him from using the streets as a toilet on July 30.
Alistair Verheijen, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Franklin was spotted on CCTV adjusting his trousers at about 6.30am.
He said the camera panned away for about 90 seconds and when it returned he was again adjusting his trousers.
Mr Verheijen added: “It was clear that he had defecated outside Dingles and someone had to clear up the mess.”
The court heard he had committed multiple breaches of the order.
Mr Verheijen said he must have defecated in the street before for magistrates to impose the condition.
Deni Matthews, for Franklin, said he wanted to use the toilet but the conveniences at Bretonside did not open until 7am.
He added Franklin was a diagnosed alcoholic.
Mr Matthews said most of the breaches were simply when Franklin entered an exclusion zone in the city centre.
He added that banning area had been removed on appeal at Plymouth Crown Court.
Judge Paul Darlow, jailing him for 26 weeks, said he had breached the order on multiple occasions.