Glenn Power and a friend outside court.
Glenn Power and a friend outside court. Valerie Horton

Drunken defendant darts prison

AFTER improperly flirting with the magistrate and drunkenly disrupting the court, no one would have been surprised if Glenn Power was thrown in jail.

But the former darts champion was yesterday allowed to walk away on parole, after being convicted of two domestic violence offences, breaching his bail and drug possession.

The police prosecutor had to call for backup during Power's last court appearance after he admitted to being drunk, called veteran magistrate Graeme Tatnell "sexy" and disrupted proceedings by repeatedly talking out of turn.

This time he showed up with his tail between his legs, offering a sincere and sober apology to Mr Tatnell, the police and lawyer John Milburn.

"I want to apologise to the court and to the police officers for my stupidity the other day," Power said.

"It was out of line."

"It was disgusting," Mr Tatnell told him.

Power pleaded guilty to five charges, which included possessing three grams of marijuana and twice breaching a domestic violence order, in relation to visiting his ex.

According to his criminal history, Power had broken the conditions of the order seven times. He had been fined five times, then twice put on probation.

Police prosecutor Tanya Griffiths said there was no other option but to send him to jail.

But Mr Tatnell allowed Power one more chance, sentencing him to six months' jail with immediate parole.

This delighted Power and his army of supporters in court.



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