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Telford man who lunged at Newport pub landlord must pay £190

By Rory Smith | Newport | Crime | Published:

A man who attacked a Newport pub landlord after being asked to leave will have to pay out nearly £200 in fines and compensation.

Sheridan James Penn ‘charged’ at the landlord of the Pheasant Inn in Newport.

The 23-year-old, of Pool Road, Trench, in Telford, pleaded guilty to assault by beating and was ordered to pay £190 by Telford magistrates.

Mrs Abigail Hall, prosecuting, said pub owner Paul Quinn asked him to leave, suspecting he had been in a fight.

“The defendant launched himself at the landlord causing them both to fall to the floor,” she said.

Mr Quinn managed to put his hands up to defend himself but suffered cuts and bruises in the attack on March 16, the court was told.

“Penn was arrested and interviewed, where he answered 'No comment' to all the questions,” added Mrs Hall.

“CCTV shows the defendant charge towards the landlord and grab hold of him before they fell to the floor, which resulted in part of the landlord’s shirt being ripped before the defendant was dragged off.”

Upbringing

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The court heard Penn has a string of previous convictions and 19 offences.

Ms Sarah Cooper, mitigating, said: “He has come from a chequered background and has not had an easy upbringing.

“He has lost both of his brothers and hasn’t been able to see his young children which has had an effect on his mental health.

"He was attacked earlier in the night before entering the pub and was also spiked.

"He answered no comment in the interview because he simply couldn't remember what happened."

Penn was ordered to pay a £40 fine, £120 compensation and a £30 victim surcharge.

Rory Smith

By Rory Smith
Reporter - @rorysmith_star

Trainee news reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Ketley office in Telford.

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