Man took of­fence at ques­tion

North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS -

A 36-YEAR-OLD man broke a shop worker’s jaw when he took of­fence at be­ing asked to prove he was over 18.

Ben Pagett swore at another worker in the Rhos on Sea Co-op store be­fore land­ing the blow on their col­league.

He had been asked for ID un­der the “Chal­lenge 25” pol­icy - which sees peo­ple asked for ID when they try to buy al­co­hol if shop­keep­ers be­lieve they don’t look 25.

But rather than take the ques­tion as a com­pli­ment, Pagett, of Far­ring­ton Court in Pen­rhyn Bay, he left the vic­tim with an “ex­cru­ci­at­ing” jaw bro­ken in two places.

Pagett was jailed for a year by a judge at Caernar­fon Crown Court for hav­ing launched the “wholly un­jus­ti­fied, vi­cious at­tack on a public ser­vant” in Oc­to­ber last year.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Jonathan Austin said Pagett had been queu­ing for a long time in the shop and then was asked for ID and lost his tem­per. He also said Pagett had claimed to have been man­han­dled.

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