Stabbing a sofa in anger has cost a Milford Haven man £245.

Anthony John Loveridge, of Milton Crescent, pleaded guilty to common assault and criminal damage when he appeared at Haverfordwest magistrates court on Wednesday, February 20.

Sian Vaughan, prosecuting, said Loveridge, 29, started waving a kitchen knife around when he took exception to his girlfriend trying to access his emails on January 8.

“He threatened to stab the iPad first of all, and then directed his anger at the sofa.”

The court heard that Loveridge had been frightened by his behaviour, but now wished to resume the relationship.

Mark Layton, defending, said the sofa, which was jointly owned, had a mark as a result of the incident.

“Mr Loveridge became annoyed with his partner after she looked at his emails and wrongly suggested that he was involved in another relationship.

“He damaged the sofa and then threw the knife damaging it.”

Mr Layton added that Loveridge had not physically assaulted his partner, but his behaviour had been threatening.

“He is keen to put this matter behind him and they are both keen to resume their relationship.”

Magistrates fined Loveridge £80 and ordered him to pay £150 compensation, £85 court costs and a £30 surcharge.