Staying at a friend’s house led to a dock appearance for a homeless man.

Richard William Wootton, who is currently of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a community protection notice when he appeared at Haverfordwest magistrates court on Tuesday, October 2.

Vaughan Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, told the court that Wootton, 37, was subject to a community notice prohibiting him from going within 50 metres of Hanover Court, Haverfordwest.

Police found Wootton inside a property in this area on July 29, and he stated he was aware he should not be there when questioned.

Mr Pritchard-Jones added: “He said he had been living there for the last two nights. He was arrested and taken to the police station where he admitted the offence.”

Stuart John, defending, said that while there had previously been reports of anti-social behaviour at this address, there had not been any trouble on the evening in question.

“He had been invited back by the tenant of the flat to stay there with him. He has serious issues with alcohol and is presently homeless.”

Magistrates imposed a six month conditional discharge, and warned Wootton not to return to the area in question.

Wootton said: “I can assure you I will not go there. I am trying to sort my life out. I am trying my hardest.”

The chairman of the bench said: “Please carry on trying to rebuild your life, we wish you well with it.”