A 41-year-old man who was arrested after he tried to get into the Shay to watch FC Halifax’s play-off semi-final while he was drunk has been given a three-month home curfew.
Keith Hattersley told officers on patrol outside the ground that he was ‘’hammered’’, but refused to take their advice not to go into the stadium where FC Halifax were taking on Cambridge in the first leg of the Conference Premier play-off semi-final.
Prosecutor Nigel Wray told Bradford Crown Court that Hattersley was stumbling around as he followed officers down to the ground and he was spoken to a number of times.
Mr Wray said the match had in fact started and all the turnstiles were shut so Hattersley made his way into the reception area of the stadium.
Following his arrest Hattersley was searched and found to be in possession of a small quantity of cannabis bush in a tin.
At the police station he was given a breath test which revealed that he was three times the drink-drive limit.
Hattersley, of West Parade flats in Halifax, admitted offences of entering a sports ground while drunk and possessing cannabis, but the magistrates sent his case to the crown court because he was in breach of a suspended prison sentence.
Judge Jonathan Rose told Hattersley he should be ashamed of himself over the incident on April 30, but he said the defendant had been making good progress under his suspended sentence order.
The judge decided not to activate the suspended sentence and instead told Hattersley that he would be subject to an curfew at his home address between 9pm and 7am for the next three months.
Hattersley will also have to pay £100 costs and a victim surcharge of £60 out of his benefits at £10 per week.
The judge warned Hattersley that the suspended sentence order was in force and he faced going to prison for any further breaches.
‘’All the good work you have achieved so far will be undone,’’ warned the judge.