Man fined for drunk behaviour at cinema
A MAN who was drunk and abusive at the Vue cinema has been fined by Swansea magistrates.
Lee Mathews, of Gower Road, Upper Killay, was arrested after police were called to the venue in York Street on August 15.
Magistrates were told the 37-year-old was "very irate", and told police: "I have not done f*** all wrong. I have just paid to watch a f****** film".
After being escorted from the premises, which was busy with people, he continued to be abusive, and he was arrested for using threatening behaviour to cause alarm or distress.
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The court heard how the arrest breached a conditional discharge he had received following an incident in May, when officers found him and a friend fighting in Killay.
That incident, at 1.30am, had attracted an audience of residents including children watching from their homes, and a complaint that the pair were preventing children from sleeping.
In mitigation, Stuart John said: "He does not consume alcohol on a daily basis and quite clearly in the circumstances of this offence, putting it mildly, he has behaved in an erratic manner, with elements of aggression as well.
"He has little or no recollection of what happened in the cinema, but does not seek to use that as an excuse."
He admitted the offences and was fined £75 for the first, in the Vue cinema, and £40 for the breach of the conditional discharge, with a £40 contribution to costs, and a £15 victim surcharge.