TV rant OAP who breached asbo 30 times turns over a new leaf
FOUL mouthed rants which made his neighbours' lives a misery are a thing of the past – and Martin Solomon says the probation service helped him turn over a new leaf.
He hit national headlines when his rants, sparked in part by watching politicians on TV, landed him with Asbos which he broke 30 times.
After spells in jail, one year ago he was given a chance to reform with 100 hours' unpaid work and an alcohol treatment order.
In court on Wednesday, magistrates heard the order had been a success.
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"I have read the report, and it's good," said Stroud bench chairman Lloyd Parry. "If you carry on from here like this you will be all right."
Mr Solomon, 67, of Farmhill Lane, Stroud, paid tribute to those who had helped him overcome excess drinking, which fuelled his outbursts.
"It's not just me," he said. "It's my family and the probation service and the court who have made it easier for me to get on with being who I am. As an individual I have to put something in to it which I think I have."
Mr Parry said: "The best way you can repay them is by staying away from this place. Next time you are in this situation the best thing to do is go down to the pub – and buy someone else a drink."
The unpaid work element of the order saw the former merchant seaman and builder working on a new towpath on the Stroudwater canal.
"I enjoyed the work," he told The Citizen after the hearing. "To see that something was being done about the canal was rewarding.
"I don't want to go back to prison."
And it appears relations with his neighbours are more cordial – he said they shared a bag of grit to spread around in the recent snow.