Littleport Man Too Drunk to Get Tagged

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:49 04 May 2010

A MAN who was given a curfew order for assaulting Littleport councillor Andy Wright was too drunk and aggressive to have electronic monitoring equipment installed at his home later the same day. An officer from the monitoring company Serco left the proper

A MAN who was given a curfew order for assaulting Littleport councillor Andy Wright was too drunk and aggressive to have electronic monitoring equipment installed at his home later the same day.

An officer from the monitoring company Serco left the property for her own safety - and failed to gain access to Garrod's home on two more occasions.

So four weeks after being sentenced for the assault, 36-year-old Mark Garrod was back before Ely magistrates on Thursday, when he admitted failing to allow access to his home on February 26.

"The curfew has never got started," Laura Bateman from Serco told the city court, asking magistrates to extend Garrod's order.

Mitigating, Anne Gray said Garrod had argued with his parents on February 26, and had been drinking too much.

The next day police asked Garrod to leave his Hawthorn Close home because of another row, so he was not there when a Serco officer arrived. The following day he failed to hear the officer arrive at 9.40pm, because he had taken sleeping tablets.

"He has kept to the terms of the curfew, although it has not been monitored," she said.

Garrod, who has recently moved to an address in Upton Place, Littleport, was given a new four-month curfew and told to pay £65 court costs.

Last month, Ely magistrates heard how Cllr Wright went out into the street after hearing a disturbance. Garrod ran towards him and punched him in the face. The councillor's top lip split open and bled.

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