Louis From 1D's Dad In Court
10 September 2015, 14:33
A court has heard how the dad of One Direction star Louis Tomlinson was found drunk in a Doncaster park after contemplating suicide.
Troy Austin, 46, appeared before Doncaster Magistrates' Court charged with failing to provide a breath test while being in charge of a car.
Officers were looking for Austin after concerns about his welfare.
He was found in Cantley Park, Doncaster, on August 18 standing next to a car he had reportedly borrowed.
He had drunk alcohol to "build up the courage to kill himself'', prosecutor Joanne Lewis-Crooks said.
She added: "Mr Austin's behaviour was not particularly good. He was trying to injure himself.
"Attempts were made to get Mr Austin to provide a sample which he didn't and a decision was made that Mr Austin should be taken to hospital due to concerns about injuries he had inflicted on himself.''
Austin pleaded guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing and was given a conditional discharge by magistrates.
Austin's lawyer said he was "in a particularly low state'' owing to a family dispute over a hotel his client part owned, and had given up.''
He was ordered to pay £85 costs, a £15 victim surcharge and £150 criminal courts charge.
The judge said: "We have given you this chance, let's hope it's the one time we see you in court.''
Speaking after the case, Austin's brother Terry Bolwell said the incident and his low moods were not linked to Tomlinson.