Havant troublemaker ‘Jesus’ given second chance

Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton and District Commander Superintendent Maggie Blyth. Picture: Malcolm Wells

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A DRUNK troublemaker who has long hair and a beard and is nicknamed Jesus has been offered the chance to get help for his drinking problem.

Anthony Hughes was arrested for a public order offence after he shouted and swore at police officers at Havant railway station.

At the time he was the subject of a conditional discharge for a previous offence of having a knife in public in Southsea.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Hughes, who is known to his friends and the police as Jesus, had a number of previous convictions for drink-related matters.

The 46-year-old, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to a public order offence, failing to attend court and breaching his community order.

Eileen Sproson, defending, said: ‘This is a man who accepts that he has an issue with alcohol.’

Judge Ian Pearson adjourned the sentencing hearing until April to give Hughes time to prove he could stay out of trouble and meet with the probation service to see if he is suitable for an alcohol treatment requirement.

The judge said: ‘Mr Hughes, I’m doing my best not to send you to custody.

‘I hope you accept the chance that’s going to be offered.

The judge released Hughes on bail until April.