THE parents of a five-year-old boy who drank beer out of a can on a bus while they were unconscious have both walked free from court.
The youngster took a sip from his father’s booze while on board the 110 Kettlethorpe to Leeds Service, magistrates at Wakefield heard.
A concerned passenger contacted police who found the boy and his eight-year-old sister with both parents who were out cold.
Paramedics were alerted and the parents, who are aged in their early thirties but cannot be named for legal reasons, were revived with oxygen and injections of anti-opiate drugs.
Both parents admitted two charges of child neglect in connection with he incident just after 5pm on August 20.
The father also admitted breaching an ASBO by breaking in to a car in Stanley, Wakefield, on September 26. And he admitted a burglary at the Hop pub in Wakefield on September 7 when he stole a crate of whisky.
The court heard he was made subject of an alcohol treatment order at Leeds Crown Court last month for a previous ASBO breach when he was involved in a drunken row his wife in Wakefield city centre.
Magistrates at Wakefield yesterday heard the father has a string of previous convictions for theft, breach of ASBOs, burglary and driving offences.
Bench chairman Keith Leason yesterday deferred sentence on the father for four months.
Mr Leason told him: “You have one of the worst records that we have seen, that’s not something to be proud of.” Mr Leason added: “Now we have a new type of offence. Your children should not have been subjected to this kind of behaviour on your part. You should be the role model.” Last month, magistrates at Wakefield sentenced the mother to an 18-month community order.