AS SHE already owes thousands of pounds in unpaid court fines, magistrates agreed to give a Sandown woman a conditional discharge for her latest offence.

Bonita Bouchere appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court and admitted being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

The court heard how, on August 17, the 49-year old, of Fort Street, had been celebrating Cowes Week before walking into a late night takeaway on Ferry Road, East Cowes.

Prosecutor Ann Smout said: "At around 1am police were called to a female who had become abusive inside a takeaway and was throwing objects around.

"Police immediately noticed she was completely drunk and smelled very strongly of alcohol, as she began waving her arms around and behaving erratically.

"She kept swearing at people as families were passing by, returning from the Cowes Week fireworks earlier that day."

Bouchere had previously appeared in court multiple times for prior drunk and disorderly charges and had acquired thousands of pounds worth of unpaid fines.

Defending Bouchere, Keith Verrinder asked the magistrates: "I understand her outstanding fines are in the thousands of pounds.

"She's had a problem with alcohol for quite some time, but now she is getting assistance for it and she is seeing social services.

"Because she already owes so much money to the court already, might I ask instead for a conditional discharge?"

Presiding magistrate, Peter Readding, said: "There seems to be a period where you were appearing in this court more regularly than I was, but we are going to agree with Mr Verrinder.

"We are giving you an opportunity here."

Bouchere was given a 12-month conditional discharge.

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