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Longlevens man thrown out of club challenges court over costs

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

Stroud Magistrates Court

Stroud Magistrates Court

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COURT costs imposed by magistrates prompted a challenge from a man who admitted swearing at police.

Thomas Arthur John George-Pain was relieved to get only a £35 fine at Stroud Magistrates’ Court - then was slapped with £105 in costs.

“Oh, that’s OK,” he said when bench chairman Andrew Hill told him of the fine on Monday, April 7. But Mr Hill told George-Pain he would have to pay £85 towards prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

“Oh what? No way,” said George-Pain, of Oxstalls Lane, Longlevens, Gloucester. “What happens if I don’t pay it?”

Earlier the court heard how George-Pain, 25, was thrown out of TNT nightclub in Eastgate Street on March 8 and when police were called, he swore at officers. He blamed a mix-up over identification he was asked to show. He admitted using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

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