A man breached a court order because he found it difficult to get out of bed.
Gary McLean, 33, of Bloomfield Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the conditions of a suspended prison sentence.
He was sentenced to a two-month tagged curfew from 8pm to 7am by District Judge Margaret McCormack sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.
The judge told him: “I am not impressed that you are depressed. You would be a lot more depressed in prison.”
Chairman Moulds, prosecuting for the probation service, said McLean had been put on a suspended prison sentence for an offence of assault. He failed to keep appointments with his probation officer on March 17 and 24.
Tony Slater, defending, told the judge: “He suffers from depression and takes medication. On these two occasions he found it difficult to get out of bed because of the medication.” and he did not turn up.”