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Sleeping boozy Drunk fined after he forgot where he lived and broke into old house for nap – twice

After a drinking session, Sproule forgot he’d moved house and went back to his old digs, on Princes Street in the Co Antrim town, on March 8 last year.

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Curtis Sproule who broke into his old home

Curtis Sproule who broke into his old home

Curtis Sproule

Curtis Sproule

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Curtis Sproule who broke into his old home

This is ‘Sleeping Boozy’ – the man who got so drunk he went back to his old house and climbed into bed for a snooze!

A prosecutor at Ballymena Magistrates Court told of how the bizarre events unfolded, which resulted in 35-year-old Curtis Sproule receiving a head injury and needing hospital treatment.

After a drinking session, Sproule forgot he’d moved house and went back to his old digs, on Princes Street in the Co Antrim town, on March 8 last year.

He then entered the property and made his way into a bedroom where he fell asleep.

His slumbers were cut short when the shocked new occupants of the house woke him up, and asked him to leave when it became clear their house guest had simply fallen victim to a case of mistaken residency.

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Curtis Sproule

Curtis Sproule

Curtis Sproule

After Sproule left the new dwellers drew a line under the episode and decided not to contact the police.

But a short time later, Sproule came back to the house, at around 7.50pm, this time forcing the front door open causing damage to the lock and the surrounding door frame.

He then went into the living room where the occupants asked him to leave.

Sproule refused to budge before pushing one of the male residents of the house.

The occupants managed to take control of the situation, escorting the drunken intruder into the hallway.

When he was in the hallway a court heard Sproule’s head hit a window panel on an internal glass door.

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The occupants then called the police and held him on the ground outside the house until they arrived.

The police took Sproule to Antrim Area Hospital for treatment to the injuries caused by the glass, however when he was at the hospital it was heard that he was disruptive, swearing, and shouting in the presence of staff and children.

It was also revealed that the total damage to the house caused on the defendant’s drunken quest for a nap was £250.

Sproule, who had a criminal record before the incident, admitted to charges of assault, disorderly behaviour and criminal damage.

Michael Smyth, defence barrister for Sproule, said his client had not been long out of the property when he made his error due to a high level of intoxication.

He said his client shouted and swore while being treated at the hospital because he was in “considerable pain”.

The Sunday World called at an address given in court for Sproule in Portstewart this week but he wasn’t there.

Residents told us reports that he lived in Castleton Road in the seaside town were incorrect, but that Sproule had frequented the area and was well known in Portstewart.

A post on Sproule’s social media profile appeared to mock the authorities for providing an incorrect address in court.

In a meme featuring a picture of a sleeping dog, it read: "How I sleep knowing them warrants got my old address on them’."

The judge gave Sproule a four-month jail term suspended for a year and he was ordered to pay compensation to the occupants for the damage caused to the house.

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