Man blamed dog’s death for drunk and disorderly behaviour

A man with learning difficulties was arrested after he turned to drink for comfort following the death of his beloved dog, a court was told.

Lea Appleyard, of Granville Street, Boston, was aggressive to the owner of a West Street florist who confronted him after he took flowers on February 1, and was described as being ‘very drunk’ by those who encountered him, the prosecution told Boston Magistrates’ Court.

The 34-year-old admitted being drunk and disorderly when he appeared in court on Wednesday.

Phillipa Chatterton, defending, said Appleyard, who lives with his parents as he is unable to live independently, did not usually drink, but he had turned to alcohol to help him through a difficult time, as his pet of 10 years had passed away.

She added: “Drink is clearly not his friend. It affects him badly. But to cope with the sadness he used the five pounds he is allowed from his mother to purchase alcohol. He is very remorseful.”

Drink had also played a part in previous offences, she said.

Appleyard was given a 12-month conditional discharge, and told to pay £85 costs and a £15 surcharge.