Man’s home brew experiment ends in court

Scarborough Magistrates Court
Scarborough Magistrates Court

A MAN was warned about “the evils of home brew” after he ended up in court.

John McDermott, of Royal Avenue, Scarborough, was found asleep by officers who responded to an abandoned 999 call, made by his fiancee on February 20.

The couple had been arguing about wine.

When a policeman tried to wake 45-year-old McDermott and asked him to leave the property, he responded: “I’ll have you. What are you? About 6ft 4?” He then took hold of the policeman’s hand and tried to push it away.

McDermott, who had one previous conviction, pleaded guilty yesterday at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court to resisting a police officer.

Shaun Greenan, who represented McDermott, said that his client and his fiancee had underestimated the potency of the home brew wine they had consumed.

He added: “She phoned police not realising she had done so. When police arrived he was sleeping off the effects of the wine. He is woken up and is startled.”

Chairman of the bench Mike Dineen said: “Oh the evils of home brew. You’ve got yourself in a right little mess.” He gave McDermott a six-month conditional discharge.

McDermott said he had poured the home brew away.