Drunken Burry Port man arrested for abusive behaviour whilst protecting his partner
A DRUNKEN Burry Port man protecting his partner from a group of youths landed himself in court for his abusive behaviour.
Peter Andrew Thomas, of Heol Elfed, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour in the presence of a person likely to be caused distress.
The 44-year-old also pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis — found on him after his arrest.
Llanelli magistrates heard that Thomas had been drinking in the Portobello Inn, Burry Port on the evening in question.
Prosecutor Ellie Morgan said: "It was 7.30pm on Friday, August 9. Several members of the public contacted the police by knocking on the police station door saying there was a man acting strangely nearby.
"They saw a man in the window pointing down saying 'down there' to the police."
Miss Morgan said the defendant was found in an alleyway, unsteady on his feet, with a graze on his head and blood on his chin.
The prosecutor said he was shouting, using threatening words and swearing.
"The defendant was asked to be quiet, but kept on shouting.
Police arrested him after he continued his bad language, the court heard.
Whilst under arrest, police conducted a search, finding a small bag of herbal cannabis in his trouser pocket, the magistrates heard.
Miss Morgan told the court that in interview Thomas had said he had been drinking from about 5pm.
"He didn't really know what had happened and he knew that he had been in some sort of altercation early in the evening, but didn't know what," Miss Morgan said.
Regarding the cannabis, the court heard Thomas had said that he had bought it for £20, had intended to smoke it, and was aware it was illegal.
In mitigation Peter Rhys Jones said: "It wasn't until he had spoken to his partner that he found out what had happened.
"They had left the Portobello pub, there was a confrontation with a group of youths and he was jostled and knocked to the ground.
"He was arrested and accepted that he was out of order and that members of the public may have been distressed."
Mr Rhys Jones explained that Thomas had been trying to protect his partner, but that he was very drunk at the time.
He added that Thomas had very limited previous convictions.
Presiding magistrate Dr William Allan Evans said: "We have taken into account your early guilty pleas, your good record, and the matter raised by your solicitor."
Thomas was discharged conditionally for 12 months.
He must also pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.