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Long Sutton man's anger over drinks spilt on wife's coat lands him in court


By Spalding Court Reporter


A Long Sutton man who was angry that his wife’s expensive coat had had drinks spilt on it in a bar ended up in court.

The coat was damaged while it was being looked after in Bar One Hundred in King’s Lynn, magistrates in the town heard yesterday (Monday).

William Michael Underhill was ejected by the door supervisor, said prosecutor Josephine Jones.

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“He initially waited to speak to the manager and then was told that he should have that conversation on the phone. A phone was taken to him to enable him to do it,” said Miss Jones.

During the call, he was asked for the phone back because staff were unhappy at the way the conversation was going. Underhill put it on the ground and “went to put his heel on it”.

There was a slight scuffle and Underhill was knocked, during which he made contact with the phone, breaking the screen.

Underhill (48), of Delph Road, pleaded guilty to criminal damage.

Mitigating, Jeff Lewis said: “His wife’s very expensive coat had been damaged by spilt drinks because of where it was stored by staff.

“He didn’t mean to do [the phone damage] on purpose. Foremost in his mind is that the staff member shouldn’t be out of pocket for it.”

Underhill was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 compensation, £30 costs and £20 victim surcharge.

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