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Man threatened to burn down Norwich's Prince of Denmark pub after row with landlady

PUBLISHED: 07:45 08 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:03 08 July 2016

Samuel Steward, 27, leaving Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Samuel Steward, 27, leaving Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A man has been barred from a Norwich pub after he threatened to drive his car into the building and burn it down following a row with the landlady.

Prince of Denmark pub on Sprowston Road. Picture: ANTONY KELLYPrince of Denmark pub on Sprowston Road. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Samuel Steward, 27, was drinking outside the Prince of Denmark pub and started swearing during a call on his mobile phone – resulting in other customers leaving the pub.

Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard the landlady spoke to Steward about his “fairly choice” language but “he took exception to that”.

Ian Devine, prosecuting, said: “He was shouting and swearing, telling her to shut up, telling her she was a stupid cow and making various threats.

“He threatened to drive his car into the pub and also threatened to burn the pub down and assault her two daughters.”

Steward also said he was “a machine” during the incident and removed his top.

Mr Devine said the victim was well used to dealing with intoxicated people but said Steward was one of only three people she had been concerned about during her career.

Steward, of Motum Road, Norwich, appeared in court yesterday when he admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment alarm or distress on July 25 last year.

He also admitted a separate offence of harassment without violence involving his former partner between November 30 last year and February 1 this year.

Sentencing was adjourned until August 2 to allow reports to be carried out but Steward was barred from entering the Prince of Denmark pub as part of his bail conditions.

He was also prohibited from contacting his former partner and entering the road where she lives.

Chris Brown, for Steward, who was also in breach of a conditional discharge, said he acknowledged the matter was “unpleasant” and was in a public environment.

But he said the matter was “of some considerable age”, happening almost a year ago and that there had been no other matters since.

In terms of the harassment involving his former partner he said the incident involved their ongoing care of a child.

Mr Brown said Steward had been asked by social services to become the permanent carer for his other two children which would have a positive impact on his life.

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