Woman welcomes court bill as it takes away her drink money
A WOMAN welcomed a court bill for being drunk and disorderly, telling magistrates: "I would rather pay that, than drink the money."
Lorraine Mitchell, aged 48, was seen punching and kicking a man on CCTV screens, a court heard.
Mitchell, of Elm Road, in Mannamead, admitted being drunk and disorderly in Mutley Plain on October 22.
Prosecutor Angela Furniss told city magistrates Mitchell was seen by CCTV operators kicking and punching a man several times in Mutley Plain.
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She said officers attended and spoke to the pair and other witnesses, but nobody would provide a statement.
Mitchell, representing herself, said: "I cannot really remember it because I was so drunk at the time."
She said she had been drinking "on and off" for 30 years and had sought help from a woman's aid group.
Mitchell said: "I need to stop; I don't want to go on like this."
She was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £40 costs and £15 victim surcharge.