Homeless alcoholic who breached ASBO 20 times is jailed
A HOMELESS alcoholic who breached his Anti-Social Behaviour Order almost 20 times in three months has been jailed.
Paul Franklin repeatedly breached the order by entering the city centre or having alcohol in the street, Plymouth magistrates heard.
The 45-year-old, of no fixed address, admitted breaching the ASBO on September 26.
He was jailed for 26 weeks for that breach and a similar offence where sentence had been deferred.
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Franklin's solicitor said he "could not cope" with the order, which was made by magistrates in June.
Alan Harris added: "He could spend most of his adult life in jail."
Eoin McCarthy, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Franklin was spotted at Bretonside bus station, inside the zone prohibited by the order, at 2pm on Wednesday.
He added: "He is fast approaching 20 breaches."
Mr Harris said the provision banning Franklin from the city centre was a mistake which his firm was trying to get removed.
Mr Harris said Franklin had gone to the city centre in the past to his bank or even to use a public toilet.
The court heard he had seen a psychiatrist and had no diagnosed medical illness.
Mr Harris said his company was trying to change the order, but Franklin had trouble keeping appointments.
Probation officer Tony Wooller told the court that a long prison sentence would allow Franklin to detoxify from alcohol, and that counsellors could help him to tackle his habit.