A drunk Cilgerran man smashed a house window in the middle of the night, after failing to get the occupants’ attention, a court has heard.

Samuel Joeseph Wilkinson, aged 30, of 2 Orchard Cottages, pleaded guilty to criminal damage, and possession of a class B drug, when he appeared before Aberystwyth magistrates on Wednesday.

Catrin Jenkins, prosecuting, told the court that Donna King was woken by the sound of smashing glass on July 14 at 3am.

She went downstairs and found Wilkinson with his foot through her window.

He told police he had been drinking while watching the world cup final, and had gone to the house because he thought there was a party there.

He remembered knocking on the door and shouting, but could not recall smashing the window.

Alan Lewis, defending, said his client was getting help with drug and alcohol issues, and had not intended to break the window, but was trying to get the attention of the people in the house.

He said: “He is very sorry and embarrassed, as he knew the people in the house. He is addressing his issues, and this is a glitch. He wants to get his life back on track.”

Wilkinson also pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug at Newcastle Emlyn on June 21.

The court heard that police stopped a van on Castle Street in the early hours of the morning, and told the occupants they would be searched after smelling cannabis.

Wilkinson was found to have 0.1grams of herbal cannabis, which he handed to officers, and stated during interview that the drugs were for his own personal use.

Magistrates imposed six month conditional discharges for the offences, and ordered Wilkinson to pay £10 compensation towards the repair of the window, £85 costs for both offences and a £15 victim surcharge for each.

A destruction order was made for the drugs.