And finally… low life

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 before his 200-hour community service order was revoked and replaced with eight months in custody.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.

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