'Quiet night' ends in court
12:00am Friday 19th October 2012 in News
WHAT began as “a nice quiet evening” with his partner ended in an Ammanford man being rugby-tackled to the ground by the irate owner of a Llandeilo kebab shop, Carmarthen magistrates were told.
Steven George Thomas had flung a bottle to the ground, only to see it “bounce back up” and smash the window of the kebab shop, the court heard.
And Thomas ended up being forced to the floor as the kebab shop owner dished out some “rough justice”, defence solicitor Aled Owen explained.
Thomas, aged 30, an unemployed builder, of 28 Trefriw, Penybanc, was fined £90 and ordered to pay £60 costs after pleading guilty to criminal damage.
He was also ordered to pay £150 compensation along with a £15 victims’ surcharge.
Prosecutor Ellie Morgan said police had been alerted at 12.20am on Saturday, September 15, by reports that a man had smashed the window of Best Kebab Shop and, after being confronted by the owner, had “made good his escape”.
She added that police subsequently found the defendant sitting on the windowsill of Gerwyn’s Fruit & Veg shop.
“He said he had been out drinking with his girlfriend in the Hen Vic and had a few words with a male person on leaving the premises,” she said.
“He was irate and said he remembered throwing the bottle, which bounced up and broke the window.
He said he didn’t mean to break it, but accepted he acted irresponsibly.”
Mr Owen said his client had been upset that what had been “a quiet and pleasant”
evening had been spoilt when someone tried to start an argument with him.
“The kebab shop owner came out and rugby-tackled him to the floor,” he said. “There was an element of rough justice after what happened before.
“In regards to my client’s general behaviour, this seems to have been an isolated incident.”