A drunken husband injected himself with his wife’s insulin before destroying house-hold items, days after the couple moved to west Wales.

Sean David Brown, formerly of Abercych, now of Broadlands Avenue, Newton Abbott, Devon, pleaded guilty to criminal damage when he appeared from custody at Haverfordwest magistrates court on Wednesday, April 10,

Vaughan Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, said the couple were out in Cardigan a few days earlier, and Brown’s wife remained sober because she was driving.

“Sean Brown had a few drinks and was becoming drunk and obnoxious, so she decided to go. When she left the pub she thought that he would follow her out, but he didn’t.”

Brown then walked to Abercych and arrived home angry about being left in the pub.

Mr Pritchard-Jones said: “For some strange reason he took her insulin injection and injected himself.”

Brown became semi-conscious, and started shouting and damaging items when he came round.

His wife told him the marriage was over and offered to drive him to Devon, but he picked up a wooden crate and slammed it onto the floor before head-butting the television screen, causing it to crack.

The 30 year-old then went upstairs and smashed up a wooden trunk, which had sentimental value to his wife because it had belonged to her grandfather.

Brown, who had no previous convictions, was arrested and then taken to hospital, but had no memory of the incident due to the insulin injection.

Mike Kelleher, defending, said Brown’s wife brought him a bag of ripped clothes and his work bag when she visited him in hospital, but had not included his wallet or mobile phone.

“He has no idea why he did what he did what he did, save for having too much to drink.

“Clearly it was the action of an angry person to take it out on household items, some of which were jointly owned.”

The court heard that Brown and his wife moved to live in Abercych from Devon a week before the incident, and he planned to return to Devon following the hearing, but had no access to any money as he could not return to the marital home for his wallet.

Magistrates imposed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 surcharge.

A three-year restraining order was imposed prohibiting Brown from contacting his former partner or loitering within 100 metres of her address.