Man punched pub window

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A MAN was asked to leave Spalding’s Punchbowl pub after throwing a glass at a doorman, but once outside he put his clenched fist through a £50 window, magistrates heard.

Darren Matthews was celebrating his 40th birthday on February 6 and the incident happened shortly after midnight.

Matthews, of Middlecott Close, Boston, pleaded “guilty to an accident” when he appeared on a charge of criminally damaging a window owned by Ben Williams.

The court heard Matthews was on licence from prison, but magistrates decided not to send him back.

He was conditionally discharged for a year and ordered to pay £50 compensation.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said the licensee was upstairs when a buzzer sounded to indicate there was a problem.

Miss Ritson said Mr Williams went downstairs and the doorman said he’d had a glass thrown at him and pointed out Matthews, who was outside.

Matthews had returned several times, only to be refused entry, before he clenched his fist and punched the window.

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said: “He says he was so drunk he wasn’t really aware of what he was doing.”

He said the doorman was a member of Matthews’ family and rather than throwing the glass it had smashed on the side of the bar. Matthews did not intentionally break the window.