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Drunk smashed restaurant windows

PUBLISHED: 23:00 16 April 2003 | UPDATED: 13:45 03 March 2010

ALCOHOLIC Gareth Griffiths was taken to hospital after smashing two windows of a Chinese restaurant while drunk.

Griffiths was so drunk he could not remember breaking the glass panes at The Golden Panda in Woodbridge.

ALCOHOLIC Gareth Griffiths was taken to hospital after smashing two windows of a Chinese restaurant while drunk.

Griffiths was so drunk he could not remember breaking the glass panes at The Golden Panda in Woodbridge.

He admitted criminal damage on March 25 when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates yesterday (April 14).

Restaurant staff asked Griffiths to leave but when the door closed behind him he lashed out at the door, prosecutor David Taylor told magistrates. "He was taken to hospital such was his state," said Mr Taylor.

Roger Stewart, mitigating, said the 34-year-old was a "chronic alcoholic" who took a liking to alcohol after he left school.

Griffiths, of Sandown Road, Orsett, Essex, came to Ipswich after a woman he met over the telephone invited him to stay.

It was clear the relationship was not going to work out so he packed his bags and left, ending up in Woodbridge.

A statement from an independent witness revealed he heard shouting outside the restaurant and saw a man complaining about a head wound.

Griffiths was seen punching the top of the front door with his right fist and kicking the bottom part of the door.

"He (Griffiths) could not recall what happened at all," said Mr Stewart.

Bench chairman Mark Wade ordered him to pay £100 compensation to the restaurant owner and £55 costs.


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