Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Man asked to be jailed rather than continue with court-ordered alcohol ban

An Australian man asked to be jailed for three months rather than continue his court-ordered ban to not drink alcohol for two years. Milo Manu Felix Wild, 22, asked to be sent to jail because he was depressed that he had to stay at home rather than socialising with friends in pubs and clubs. Magistrate John O'Neill said it was "extraordinary" that Wild thought his life "was not worth living without alcohol."

Wild had been banned from drinking alcohol for assault and behaving in an indecent manner on Anzac Day last year when he pushed over four port-a-loos, exposed himself and threw his own urine at rangers at Litchfield National Park. He was sentenced on November 23 to three months' jail to be suspended for two years during which time he had to be of good behaviour and not drink alcohol.

Wild was already on a 12-month pub ban for disorderly behaviour at Darwin Ski Club. Police Prosecutor Julie O'Neill told Darwin Magistrates Court that Wild was seen by officers drinking alcohol at Duck's Nuts on Mitchell St on Saturday night. Sergeant O'Neill said when police asked Wild what he was doing in the pub he said: "I did nothing f------ wrong."

Wild's lawyer Georgia McMaster said he would choose jail over the alcohol restrictions. "(He said) in Darwin people of his generation go out and have a good time on the weekend and drink," Ms McMaster said. Magistrate John Neill questioned that: "There is nothing to do in Darwin for a strong, healthy young man except to drink?" Ms McMaster said Wild had completed alcohol management courses. She said Wild had lost his job as a car salesman for his Anzac Day antics last year.

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