Man begging in Truro city centre admits breaching his Asbo
A HABITUAL drunk banned from Truro city centre was found in breach of a court order outside a former pub, begging with others.
Rudi Michael Holen, 47, of St Petroc's, Bodmin, pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates' Court to breaching an antisocial behaviour order (Asbo), made for two years in June, outside the former Swan Inn.
Alison May, for the prosecution, said the order prohibited him from being in the city centre unless it was for medical appointments or when passing through on public transport, and from using insulting, intimidating or abusive words or behaviour.
On September 20, a PCSO saw him in Kenwyn Street, but on hearing that he had a medical appointment told him to go on his way.
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Three hours later, the same officer saw him again in a prohibited area, when he said he was waiting for a bus. He was shouting and swearing.
He had previous convictions for drink-related offences and theft.
Mark Charnley, for the defence, said the wording of some orders was not always clear.
His client was allowed to pass through the city on a bus but not to go to the bus station to catch one.
He also said there were issues between Holen and the particular officer involved.
On the way to the bus station he had gone to toilets in Lemon Street and to get some cigarettes.
Holen had had a problem with alcohol for 20 to 25 years and had been sleeping rough in Falmouth.
Holen was fined £100 and detained in court in lieu of payment.