Isn’t it amazing that we can force people to wear a cycle helmet, but we can’t stop them from drinking themselves to an early grave, during which time they risk the lives and well-being of others?
A man whose alcohol addiction had “overwhelmed him” since the death of his wife about 20 years ago, fell asleep drunk in the back of the Greymouth District Court last week when he appeared for sentence on his fourth drink-driving charge and a drugs charge.
Wayne Grant Schmetz, 56, was eventually jailed for 10 months.
Schmetz had originally been due to be sentenced on Thursday. However, after he had to be revived, having fallen asleep at the back of the courtroom, he was remanded in custody for the night as he was too intoxicated to be sentenced.
On Friday morning, having had a chance to “sleep things off” during a night in the cells, Schemtz was sent to prison.
Earlier this year his sentencing was adjourned in order for him to be given a final chance to have an address assessed by Community Probation to see if it was suitable for a community-based sentence.