Ipswich businessman ejected from Suffolk Punch pub after scuffle must pay compensation for damage

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

A businessman who broke window panes after being thrown out of an Ipswich pub following a fracas must pay compensation to the landlord.

Daniel Shepherd, of Norwich Road, Ipswich, admitted criminal damage to the Suffolk Punch when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

The 39-year-old also pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour.

The offences occurred on August 20.

Ian Allen, prosecuting, said shortly after 10pm there was a disturbance in the Norwich Road pub.

The scuffle was between Shepherd and another man, with Shepherd appearing to be the aggressor.

The other man seemed to be acting in self-defence.

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A number of other customers were present.

An attempt was made to usher Shepherd from the bar. He was shouting abuse and telling the other man he would kill him, the court heard.

After being ejected Shepherd remained in the area and continued to threaten to kill the other man.

He went back inside the pub and was escorted out for a second time.

Shepherd then punched a glass window of the listed Grade II pub, before running away.

Three panes of glass were damaged, at an estimated cost of £150.

Police found Shepherd nearby. He had sustained a bad cut to one of his arms and was extremely drunk.

In his police interview Shepherd told an officer he runs his own business and had been under considerable stress due to its success.

He added he used alcohol to de-stress.

The court was told Shepherd and his partner had a row at the pub and she gave back her engagement ring.

Shepherd knew the other man he ended up threatening. They were speaking, but Shepherd told police he could not remember what had occurred, although he accepted responsibility for what happened.

Shepherd, representing himself, said he had not seen the other man for 13 years and had a much deeper resentment towards him than he thought.

He apologised for his actions.

Shepherd was given a 12-month conditional discharge, but must pay £150 compensation for the damage to the pub window.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and £20 to the victims’ fund.