A landlord was assaulted and a pub window smashed when a drunk customer was ejected from the premises.

Steven James Frazer Gow, of Picton Road, Neyland, pleaded guilty to assault and criminal damage when he appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates on Tuesday, May 8.

Sian Vaughan, prosecuting, told the court that Gow, 29, had been refused another drink in a Neyland pub on February 11 because of his behaviour.

“His reaction to that was to throw the remaining part of the drink he had at a wall.”

Gow refused to leave when asked, and was pushed outside.

The landlord went out to investigate after he heard banging, and Gow came at him swinging his arms. He struck him before damaging a window.

Mike Kelleher, defending, told the bench that Gow was previously of clean character, and had too much on the night in question, but did not fully accept the prosecution’s version of events.

“This is completely out of character for him.

“He was forcibly ejected from the pub. He was literally thrown out, and you can only imagine how that made him feel.”

“The landlord has the right to eject somebody, but he would say it was a very forceful ejection and that’s what riled him.”

Mr Kelleher added that Gow had already offered to pay for the window, and had been painted as a ‘bad individual and person to avoid’ on social media, which had resulted in unpleasantness at his workplace.

Magistrates fined Gow £60 and ordered him to pay £25 compensation for the assault and £269.18 for the broken window.

He will also pay £115 in fines and costs.