A MAN has been given a conditional discharge for an assault outside the County Times office in Welshpool.
James Edward O’Sullivan, 22, of Ellington Road, London, admitted being drunk and disorderly and assaulting Nick Knight, the County Times editor.
Stephen Davies, prosecuting at Welshpool Magistrates’ Court, said Mr Knight was walking to the office at around 11.30pm on February 19 when he saw a man go down the alley of the office, between Broad Street and Puzzle Square.
He waited a few moments and then discovered there was no sign of the man and entered the office where the cleaner was working.
He heard banging downstairs on the door and went down to see what was happening. O’Sullivan was being aggressive and Mr Knight said he would call the police if he continued.
He was hitting the window and swearing before he then stopped and asked Mr Knight if he had a lighter.
PC Hathaway attended and attempted to calm the complainant down.
Concerned for the officer’s well being, Mr Knight stood nearby to where the officer and complainant were. When O’Sullivan saw him he launched towards him and said “I’m going to have you.”
He grabbed Mr Knight’s wrist and top, before Mr Knight put the defendant to the ground and the officer arrested him.
He continued to verbally abuse Mr Knight and then gave a “no comment” interview to police.
Owain Jones, defending, said his client did not recall everything as he was drunk, but accepted his behaviour was out of order and he was remorseful.
He said he was a non violent person, who was “gutted” about the incident.
He had now moved to London, and was training to be in the navy and hoped the incident would not have a detrimental effect on this.
O’Sullivan was given a 12 month conditional discharge and he was ordered to pay Mr Knight £50 in compensation.
He was fined £145, ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £30 victim surcharge.