A DRUNKEN THUG hurled abuse and slapped two men in the face at a Hampshire petrol station.

Jake Baldacchino was “extremely drunk” when he yelled abuse at two men at Monksbrook service station on Passfield Avenue, Eastleigh.

The 26-year-old of Devon Close, Chandler’s Ford called his victims “paedophiles” during the incident on October 13 this year.

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Prosecution barrister, Rose Burns told how Baldacchino had put his arm around one of the their necks and followed them into the garage.

Despite being part of a group of four, he was described as the main offender.

Members of staff tried to usher him away but he continued shouting and causing problems, Southampton Crown Court heard.

Baldacchino who is unemployed slapped two of the men in the face and even threatened to attack their father, it was said.

During a police interview he said he missed his daughter and that he was not a bad father.

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He was charged with two accounts of assault and one of public order - he previously pleaded guilty.

With 12 convictions to 16 offences his criminal record includes affray, and criminal damage.

Defending, Gaylene Cole, said her client speaks about the incident with much regret.

She added that had no recollection of the event because of the amount of alcohol he had drunk.

During sentencing on Monday, Judge Peter Henry branded him a drunken thug and jailed him for 19 weeks.