A man who tried to argue that he couldn’t complete his community service because he was bitten by a snake has been jailed for eight months.
Scott Balmer told Ballymena Magistrates Court that he didn’t turn up to do unpaid work because he was bitten by a snake and had to see a doctor.
He pleaded guilty to two breaches of the 200-hour community service order he was given for a wounding offence, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
Defence barrister Stephen Law appeared to admit that the snake bite story was “outrageous”, but added that his client had been homeless and living a chaotic, sofa-surfing lifestyle that caused additional problems.
An unsympathetic District Judge Peter King told Balmer: “I’m not sure you fully understand the position you have put yourself in.”
Balmer reportedly replied: “Huh?” before his 200-hour community service order was revoked and replaced with eight months in custody.
He has been released on bail pending an appeal.
- Contributions from SLN readers to our “And finally” section are welcome – they should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org