Drunk bloke tries to bust through murder probe crime scene to get to chemist

A drunk bloke tried to make his way through a closed off murder scene because he wanted to get into a chemist’s to pick up a prescription, a court has heard.

Paul Dono, a Stoke-on-Trent native, pleaded guilty to obstructing an officer after he tried getting into a chemist’s to pick up a prescription, despite the shop being closed off for being the scene of a murder.

Police had cordoned off the chemist in early February to preserve a crime scene and protect the general public.

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Despite this, prosecutors told the court that Dono, 46, had tried charging into the chemist’s despite being warned by police officers that it was an active crime scene that needed to be preserved.

StokeOnTrentLive reported that Prosecutor Emma Thompson told North Staffordshire Justice Centre: "[Paul Dono] was intoxicated and was slurring his words and stumbling around. He said he needed to go through to go to the chemists to get his script.

“He was abusive to police and would not stand back. He continued with that behaviour and was arrested and charged with obstruction”, the prosecutor added.

His lawyer Arif Hussain told the court during mitigation that Dono’s use of drugs have been the root cause of his offending over the years, but added that he is no longer dependent on drugs.

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Mr Hussain said: "He started to turn to alcohol when things were not going right for him. He acknowledges he was in the wrong. He could not understand why he could not go back to his house."

He added that Dono has recently been in hospital where he saw alcoholics and the state they were in and it has “woken him up a little bit”.

Magistrates handed Dono a 12 month conditional discharge, and ordered him to pay £135 in costs as well as a £20 surcharge.


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