Serial drunk told police to catch ‘real criminals’

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AN alcoholic at the centre of “80 or 90” drunken incidents told police they should leave him alone and catch “real criminals” instead.

Paul McIver, who has 61 convictions for 108 offences – most of them related to alcohol – was back before Sunderland magistrates admitting two further counts of being drunk and disorderly.

The 34-year-old who lives with his parents in Edwin Street, Houghton, fell off the wagon before Christmas, the court heard.

Prosecutor Lee Poppett said police were called to Domino’s Pizza, in Newbottle Street, shortly after 10pm on December 7 after staff alerted them to “an intoxicated male”. Mr Poppett said McIver stood up, then almost fell over when officers arrived and slurred: “Should I just come with you?”

At about 2am on December 12, McIver’s mother called police as she was worried about his behaviour.

McIver was already subject to a community order, a condition of which bans him from going into any licensed premi-

Neil Hodgson, mitigating, said: “Without the drink, he is a decent kind of guy, but once he is back on the drink, his behaviour changes completely.”

McIver was given a nine-month conditional discharge, and the community order was allowed to continue until Septem-