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Fight leads to £180 in fines

courtA MAN from Llangwm appeared in front of the town’s Magistrates on Tuesday to face a charge of using threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour towards Kayode Lawrence Huntley with intent to cause fear or provoke unlawful distress. Sam Hughes, aged 19, of Esthers Lane, pleaded guilty to this charge. Prosecuting, Ellie Morgan said:

“At 3.30pm on November 12, Officer Guest was on uniform foot patrol and noticed a fight outside Wetherspoons in Quay Street, Haverfordwest. School children were in the area and were clearly shocked by what was happening. A female with shopping bags had crossed the road due to being alarmed.

“The defendant had tackled Huntley to the floor and went into the middle of the road causing traffic to stop. Hughes then got up and made off”.

“Both men were taken to the police station. Hughes had been in town with his friends, he did know Huntley but was aware of him through a friend. Hughes says Huntley had started on him and he was using self-defence.

Hughes said “I feel bad, but I have always been told to stick up for myself”.

Officers explained to Hughes that his continued acts of violence went beyond self-defence”.

Defence solicitor Michael Kelleher said: “I think it is simply a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was not started by Hughes, and CCTV shows Huntley pushing him. It’s very hard when being pushed and kicked to not defend yourself. He accepts he dumped Huntley on the floor, and accepts people would not like what they saw.

“Hughes was not the conductor. This is difficult to judge, and it is difficult to know whether he should have pleaded not guilty. Give him credit for not being the initiator”.

Magistrates fined Hughes a total of £180 to pay £5 per week.