Castle Cary teen broke drinking ban and threatened family
A CASTLE Cary teenager given a drinking banning order by the courts wrecked a family barbecue by turning up drunk, arguing with his stepfather and threatening him with a baseball bat.
George Michael Martin then grabbed a knife from a kitchen drawer and threatened to kill him then returned later with a lump of wood but was disarmed by a neighbour.
When the 22-year-old appeared before Somerset Magistrates he was sentenced to a community order after his solicitor said the defendant wanted help to address his alcohol problem which was at the root of his offending.
Martin, currently living at an address in Pecking Mill, Evercreech, pleaded guilty to breaching a drinking banning order at Castle Cary by being under the influence of alcohol in a designated area on July 20 when he appeared before Somerset Magistrates.
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He also pleaded guilty to assaulting Craig Rossiter by beating at Castle Cary on July 20 along with damaging a toilet door and Freelander belonging to him.
Sarah Hornblower, prosecuting, said that Martin was given a drinking banning order by the courts on April 22 this year which prohibited him from entering pubs or nightclubs between 7pm and 7am and not to drink in a public place, including his home address.
On July 20 his mother and stepfather were having a barbecue with friends when Martin came home drunk at 10pm and started arguing with his brother.
“He entered the house shouting and swearing and after going upstairs his mother tried to calm him down but he gave her a barrage of abuse,” she said.
“He damaged the toilet door and then came downstairs with a baseball bat but his mother took it off him.
“He then took a large knife from a kitchen drawer and said he was going to kill his stepfather and after leaving returned with a piece of wood.”
A neighbour tried to get it off Martin and wrestled him to the ground and he then had a struggle with the stepfather.
When he was interviewed he admitted the offence saying he took the knife from a drawer and when he realised he had it in his hand he threw it down.
He said he was “raging” and “being stupid” because he had been drinking but he didn’t kill anyone and loved his brother to bits.
Defending solicitor Chris Ivory said Martin accepted he had a problem with alcohol and was compliant when arrested by the police.
He said: “Weapons were brandished by my client but were not used and he is seeking help from the court today.
“He wants to address his drinking habit and is worried about future incidents as everything on his record has been alcohol related.”
For the assault and criminal damage the magistrates sentenced Martin to a 12 month community order with a 42 day programme intervention where he must attend programmes as directed by the probation service.
No separate penalty was made for breaching the drinking banning order but he was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.