Soldier asked for arrest

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A soldier kept holding out his hands to a police officer asking to be arrested.

Ratu Biautubukoso eventually got his wish after repeatedly being told to go away and sober up.

The 32-year-old Fijian-born serviceman, who is based at Weeton Army Camp, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police saw the defendant being aggressive to doorstaff outside Rumours nightclub, Blackpool, on October 11 at 12.45am. He was repeatedly told to go away but insisted he needed to go inside.

Biautubukoso told magistrates he had been trying to get back in to see his friend as he had no money.

He added: “A police officer arrived and I told him to arrest me as I thought it would be the only way to get back to camp.”