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Meet The First Person To Wear A Booze Tag

Friday 1st August 2014


A removals man who became the first person in the UK to be fitted with a so-called "sobriety tag" has told LBC he thinks it will help him stay out of trouble.


Augustine Apraku was ordered to wear the tag, which tracks offenders' sweat for traces of alcohol, after he admitted provoking unlawful violence at Croydon Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

He will wear the tag for the next 80 days and faces further punishment if he drinks booze during that time.

The sentence came after Apraku had found himself caught up in trouble outside Revolutions bar in Sutton. Before the incident, he had been drinking Grey Goose vodka and Ciroc – another brand of vodka favoured by Puff Daddy.

Mr Apraku told LBC he was not expecting to be inconvenienced by the punishment. He said: "It doesn't really bother me. It will work because I don't want to be in this position again.

"For me it will, but for some people, they will just carry on doing what they are doing. If you're dependent on alcohol, then you're dependent on alcohol."

He added that the only problem he expected was that he would not be able to take a bath - as that prevents the technology from working properly. He said: "You can't have a bath with it, you can only have a shower. I like to have a nice soak - that's the only inconvenice."