Woman found drunk in a public place again

Sunday 25th September 2022 3:41 am
Exterior view of the Isle of Man Courthouse in Douglas - (Isle of Man Newspapers )

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A 46-year-old woman has been fined £150 for being found drunk in a public place.

Izabella Goralczyk was also fined a further £100 as the offence put her in breach of a previous conditional discharge, imposed for the same offence.

Prosecuting advocate Rachael Braidwood told the court how police found Goralczyk lying on the pavement outside Clarence Terrace in Douglas on August 18 at 7.30pm.

She was described as smelling of alcohol, unsteady on her feet, slurring her words, and having glazed eyes.

Goralczyk, who lives at Empire Terrace in Douglas, was asked several times for her address so that police could take her home but she was unable to provide it.

After being warned she would be arrested if she didn’t provide it, she again did not supply it and was subsequently arrested.

The court heard that Goralczyk, who appeared in court with the assistance of a Polish interpreter, was given a 12-month conditional discharge in January, for being found drunk in a public place.

Defence advocate James Peterson said:’ Ms Goralczyk accepts she was drunk in a public place.

‘She is very sorry and embarrassed. On the day in question she was celebrating a friend’s birthday and had several mojitos.’

The advocate said that Goralczyk had decided to pop out for cigarettes after her friend had left, which was when she was found by police.

Mr Peterson said that his client had not deliberately been obtuse as she had recently moved to the property and genuinely could not remember the address.

High Bailiff Jayne Hughes also ordered Goralczyk to pay £125 prosecution costs which she will pay, along with the fine, at a rate of £20 per fortnight, deducted from benefits.

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