Drunk abused taxi staff after a breakdown

Burnley Magistrates' Court
Burnley Magistrates' Court

A drunken man who was abusive to taxi staff in their office struck while subject to two suspended jail terms, a court heard.

Ryan Leech (27) who had also been given two conditional discharges recently, could now end up behind bars after his late-night outburst after a "breakdown" on Stanley Street, Burnley, on August 30th.

The defendant, of Dalton Street, in the town, admitted being drunk and disorderly before Burnley magistrates and was committed for sentence to the crown court on November 6th.

The hearing was told Leech had 49 previous offences on his record. He had earlier been given 26 weeks in prison, suspended for a year, for assault causing actual bodily harm.

The operational period was extended for 12 months after a further offence. The defendant also received a suspended sentence for drink-driving at Preston Crown Court last year.

Mr Ben Leech (defending) said Leech had gone into a detoxification unit and because of the good work he had done and the fact he had stopped drinking, he thought he had got his life back on track.

The solicitor added: "Because he had done so well, he took himself off his anti-depressant medication, thinking he didn't need it. Clearly, he did need it. He had a breakdown on the night in question and was in the process of getting a taxi to his mum's house."