Waterlooville yob who smashed pub window told to pay

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MAGISTRATES have ordered Wesley Barnett to pay compensation after he smashed a pub window because the landlord would not serve him.

The 29-year-old had been drinking heavily, celebrating a friend’s birthday when he tried to get into The Leopard Inn, in London Road, Purbrook, on December 2.

But landlord Jeffrey Upson decided Barnett was too drunk and told him to leave.

As he walked away from the pub Barnett punched one of the windows, smashing it.

The landlord managed to keep him at the scene until the police arrived.

Barnett, of Robin Gardens, Waterlooville, pleaded guilty to criminal damage when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor Graham Dubber said: ‘When interviewed by the police he admitted causing the damage.

‘He said he felt bad about it. He said he was drunk.’

The court heard Barnett had previous convictions, including two for drink-driving.

He was ordered to pay £100 in compensation to Mr Upson and £50 in court costs.