A Rhyl publican needed 32 stitches to repair an ear after a customer had hurled a pint glass at him when being ordered to leave at closing time.

It was not the glass that injured 60-year-old landlord David Lloyd of The Lorne pub in the town centre but a fall which caused him to strike his head on a door frame.

The story was told at Caernarfon crown court on Friday when 24-year-old Joseph Francis Evans of Millbank Road, Rhyl, was jailed for two and a half years after pleading guilty to wounding and to have been found in the street with three knives later that night on January 26.

A woman had told police after spotting him carrying a large kitchen knife and he was arrested.

Defence barrister Simon Killeen said Evans had ongoing difficulties with depression.

Judge Huw Rees told Evans he accepted the injury to the landlord was caused indirectly after the glass was thrown recklessly. But it was a serious offence against a publican who was providing a service to the public.