Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Troubled Ex-Marine Who Had Vowed to Turn Life around Is Arrested

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Troubled Ex-Marine Who Had Vowed to Turn Life around Is Arrested

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Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter

AFORMER Royal Marine who vowed to turn his life around after being diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been back in court.

Rob Curran, who served in Iraq and once worked as a bodyguard protecting some of the world's most wealthy people, was back in trouble after drunkenly shouting abuse and threatening to break a police officer's neck.

The 39-year-old has spent nearly two years of his life in prison since he returned home from duty after his life spiralled out of control and he used alcohol to self-medicate his PTSD. In an interview earlier this year and just a few weeks after being released from his latest jail sentence, Curran claimed he was intent on changing his ways and helping other veterans suffering a similar condition.

However, just a few months later, he was back in trouble with the law when he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in Ouseburn, in Newcastle.

Officers were called to Foundry Court at 10.50pm on September 14 after reports of a man causing a disturbance.

Once they arrived, they found Curran shouting and swearing and lying in the communal areas of some flats.

A court heard Curran was repeatedly warned by police to calm down.

However, he continued to be abusive and aggressive before shouting at the officers: "You want to fight, I will break your neck."

During a hearing at Newcastle Magistrates' Court, Curran, whose address was given as the upmarket Runnymede Road, Darras Hall, pleaded guilty in his absence to being drunk and disorderly.

His case was adjourned to tie up with other outstanding matters against him, which will be heard next week, Mark Harrison, defending, said: "Rob is a former solider who suffers from PTSD. When he's not in the local psychiatric services he selfmedicates with alcohol. …

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