A LEADING BNP activist has claimed he was provoked into assaulting a man who was picking on him because of his far right views outside a Gwendraeth Valley workingmen’s club.

Kenneth Roger Phillips, of 52 Cae Glas in Cross Hands, admitted attacking Adam Margetts outside the village club on December 20 but said he was not a racist, a fascist or a Nazi.

Phillips, the south Wales co-ordinator of the BNP, claimed he was repeatedly abused by Mr Margetts because of his political views.

Llanelli Magistrates were told that Phillips, aged 43, had gone to the Cross Hands Workingmen’s Club in the afternoon and drank two pints and a glass of brandy.

Gerald Neave, prosecuting, told the court that Mr Margetts was already at the club with friends and even though there was a long-standing animosity between the two men, Phillips sat next to Mr Margetts.

A row erupted and Phillips was asked to leave, but as he did so he pushed Mr Margetts.

Later that evening, Phillips returned to the club to find Mr Margetts smoking a cigarette outside.

Phillips punched Mr Margetts in the face, knocking him to the ground.

He was then said to have kicked his victim as he lay helpless on the floor.

In interview, Phillips claimed he returned to the club to discuss the earlier incident with the steward but that when he saw Mr Margetts he "lost his cool and hit him once or twice".

He denied kicking Mr Margetts on the ground.

He claimed that Mr Margetts had regularly subjected him to abuse because his BNP membership.

Andrew Isaacs, defending, told the court that Phillips had not expected Mr Margetts to be at the club when he returned and that Mr Margetts had blocked his way.

"He admits he lost his cool," said Mr Isaacs.

"He does wish to apologise but he did receive a significant amount of abuse throughout the day.

"He has political affiliations, but is not racist, not fascist and not a Nazi."

Magistrates gave Phillips a 12-month conditional discharge and made to pay £85 costs.

He was also ordered to pay Mr Margetts £50 compensation.