Ban for 'thorn in side' of Plymouth as homeless mouthwash drinker gets ASBO
A HOMELESS man who drinks alcoholic mouthwash has been banned from having it in the street for four years.
Robert Piskadlo, branded a 'thorn in the side' of Plymouth, has also been barred from the city by a court.
The 31-year-old is prohibited from having opened bottles of mouthwash or any other alcoholic liquid under a four-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order.
Plymouth magistrates also banned the homeless man from the city.
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The bench granted an application by Plymouth City Council, supported by police, for an order.
Piskadlo was due to contest the application but failed to appear at court.
Dylan Sadler, for the council, said Piskadlo drank mouthwash and white spirit when he could not obtain normal alcohol.
He added: "He came to the police's attention in July last year and in that time he has proved himself an unstable and unpredictable alcoholic and street drinker."
Mr Sadler said he congregated with other drinkers, used foul and abusive language and refused to stop drinking in public areas where it was not allowed.
He added: "He is responsible for a wave of offending, including assault, theft and being drunk and disorderly, linked to his alcoholism."
Piskadlo is banned from causing harassment, alarm or distress to any person by asking for money or using foul and abusive language.
He is also not to be found in an intoxicated condition due to drugs and alcohol in any public place.
Ken Papenfus, for Piskadlo, said the extent of his alcoholism was shown by his habit of drinking mouthwash.
He questioned whether homeless alcoholics should be banned from drinking in the street because they had no private place to drink. But presiding magistrate Michael Webb, announcing the order, said: "This man has been a thorn in the side of Plymouth for a year."