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Phone rage led to pub damage

Worcester Editorial 14th Oct, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A DRUNKEN man smashed a city centre pub window because he could not find his phone, a court has heard.

Paul Lucitt, of Byfield Rise, was out drinking with a friend at Lloyds Bar, also known as the Crown Inn, on September 25 when he went outside for a cigarette.

The 25-year-old left his phone on the table and when he came back in he found it was missing so he went around the pub asking people if they had taken it, Worcester Magistrates Court heard last Friday (October 10).

Nobody admitted to having the device so Lucitt became loud and aggressive, threw a glass against the wall and was subsequently kicked out.

The doors were closed on him so he ‘uprooted a tree from a pot’ and threw it against the door which caused a pane of glass to smash, the court was also told.

Lucitt ran off towards McDonald’s, where he was seen by police and arrested.

Defending solicitor Mark Sheward said: “It was the first time he had been out for a considerable amount of time. He was pressed to go out for a drink with a friend and drunk more than he meant to and was clearly drunk at the time in question.

“No-one admitted to having his phone and he accepts he became loud and accepted in frustration he broke the window.

“There was a time he was before the court on a regular basis and he’s not been before the court for some 15 months or so and that is because he decided to change the man he was.

“He used to go out regularly, get in trouble regularly and be before the court regularly, but he has decided to grow up. Unfortunately on this occasion he decided to drink too much and act recklessly.”

Lucitt was fined £73 for the offence and ordered to pay compensation of £50 for the broken glass.

Deputy District Judge Fowler: “You do have a record of regularly being charged with offences and this one effectively took place in and around a licensed premises and the risks with this were very real.”

He was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.

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