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Brit man slapped with œ80 fine for swearing at TV!

By Staff

London, Dec 8 (ANI): Brit man Martin Solomon has been fined 80 pounds for swearing at his TV while drunk at his home in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Solomon, 62, who worked as a plumber, was heard shouting in a 'foul and offensive language' at his TV by his neighbours, and the act put him in breach of an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO).

The order had previously been imposed on him at an earlier hearing to try to stop him shouting and swearing at the television whenever he disagreed with a programme.

"Mr Solomon often drinks more than is good for him. He will have a drink and will return home," the Telegraph quoted Simon James, defending at Stroud Magistrates' Court, as saying.

"Then he will put on the television and if someone on the TV says something that upsets him, he will swear at the TV.

"Drink appears to be the problem - he admits that it's his companion," he said.

In court it was revealed that among Solomon's neighbours from Farmhill close, Stroud, were two children aged two and 11, who were disturbed from their sleep and upset by the language.Stroud District Council obtained the two-year ASBO order in Gloucester Magistrates' Court on September 27 last year, but Solomon broke the order on October 21 at 10.10pm, October 23 at 23.55pm and November 10 at 9.55pm, the court heard.

Solomon admitted the breach in a police interview and pleaded guilty in court.

"He has tried very hard to comply with the order," James said.

"He had a lapse in June of this year and he did apologise to the neighbours but there's been a spate in October and November. When he isn't drinking and watching TV late at night, he seems to get on with his neighbours," he added.

He said Solomon had consulted a doctor and a rehabilitation service.

"It's very frustrating for the family next door who've got two young children," Colin Peake, SDC's anti-social behaviour co-ordinator, said.

"Martin is a nice man but drink is the devil amongst him," he stated.

Solomon was fined 80 pounds and told to pay 60 pounds costs plus a 15 pounds victim surcharge at the hearing on December 4. (ANI)

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