Ammanford man admits drunken evening rant at police

GUILTY: Damien Hughes admitted he was drunk and disorderly when launching a foul-mouthed tirade at police.

GUILTY: Damien Hughes admitted he was drunk and disorderly when launching a foul-mouthed tirade at police.

First published in News

An Ammanford man with a history of alcohol-related offences to his name has admitted a charge of being drunk and disorderly when he subjected police to an early evening rant.

Damien Hughes, of 113 Myddynfych, confronted officers – who were in the area on a completely unrelated matter – near his home and launched into a foul-mouthed tirade regarding un-named neighbours at 6.45pm on April 6.

Ellie Morgan, prosecuting, told Llanelli magistrates how Hughes, aged 39, began shouting, swearing and screaming.

“He was demanding that the police ‘Get them out of here’ and ‘Make them shut up’,” Ms Morgan said.

“He was repeatedly warned about his behaviour and told to walk away.”

However, as Hughes left the scene he continued shouting and swearing.

When he returned ten minutes later, he continued his tirade.

“He was shouting: ‘Let me at them. I’ll sort them out if you won’t; tell them to keep quiet’,” said Ms Morgan.

“There was no one else in the street making any noise.

“His comments appeared to have no relevance to what the officers were there for.”

Ms Morgan said passing members of the public were stunned by Hughes’ outbursts while a group of children a short distance away were clearly concerned.

“Despite repeated requests from the officers that he go home, he refused to leave and was eventually arrested.”

David Warren, defending, told the court that Hughes had found himself in an ongoing dispute with his new neighbours.

Mr Warren said that on the day of the incident Hughes had been visiting his mother when he received a phone call from a friend urging him to return to his property following another incident with his neighbours.

“He admits his language was ‘rather earthy’,” said Mr Warren, “and he accepts he was swearing and acting inappropriately in public”.

Hughes admitted being drunk and disorderly in public.

Magistrates fined him £75 and added a further £75 for breach of a conditional discharge imposed in December.

Hughes was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a further £20 legal surcharge.

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