Hemel man fined for breaching Drinking Banning Order

03/11/2010

A man who breached the first stand-alone Drinking Banning Order (DBO) in West Hertfordshire has been fined following a hearing yesterday (2 November) at Hemel Hempstead Magistrates' Court.

Keith Gentry (44) from Hemel Hempstead was given a two-year DBO on 19 April this year, but was subsequently charged with breaching the DBO on 9 July, when he displayed loud, drunk and annoying behaviour towards a wedding party at the Watermill Hotel in Bourne End, whilst with two other people.

Gentry was arrested and interviewed on 11 August, when he initially denied having ever received an order. At yesterdays hearing, he pleaded guilty to breaching the DBO. He was fined £200, £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

CPS Thames and Chiltern prosecutor Carolyn Hitchcock, Group lead on Anti Social Behaviour, said: 'Drinking Banning Orders have enabled the courts to impose restrictions that reduce the negative effects of drinking and now this control is being extended to offenders convicted of relevant offences by the court, which is good news for the vast majority of the community in West Hertfordshire. If an order is breached, it is important that the offender is brought back before the courts and sentenced accordingly.'

  • Drinking Banning Orders (DBOs) are a new civil order that was introduced on 31 August last year and have been available in the Magistrates and County Courts.
  • They are now being piloted as a post conviction order in West Hertfordshire, from 1 November.
  • A DBO can be made against individuals aged 16 years and over in cases of criminal damage to property committed while under the influence of alcohol, and some more serious alcohol-related crime and disorder or violence, and in particular, in cases where other early intervention approaches have not worked.
  • DBOs can be made by the Magistrates' Court for a minimum period of two months to a maximum period of two years, under the provisions of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 (VCRA). There is no power to apply to extend the length of the order to more than 2 years.
  • A major aspect of the DBO is that the courts can offer the offender the chance to attend an approved alcohol education course, which will potentially rehabilitate him and improve his prospects, as well as reduce the likelihood of re-offending. If a defendant is offered the chance to attend a course as part of his order, then the length of the order will reflect the time taken to register and complete the course.