Customers watched in horror as a man swigged whiskey from a bottle before smashing it on the floor, after being asked to leave a busy supermarket.

Jonathan Pardoe (cor) started shouting and swearing at a store manager when she approached him and expressed concerns about his behaviour in Asda in Ellesmere Port.

But when her back was turned, the 39-year-old started selecting bottles of Jack Daniel’s off the shelf and smashing them against the floor.

Pardoe, who now resides in Richmond Court homeless hostel, even opened one of the bottles and took a swig from it before throwing it on the ground during the outburst at 12.15pm on April 1 this year.

“[The store manager] had her back to the defendant, she heard breaking glass and she turned round and saw broken bottles of JD,” said Carolyn Viviani, prosecuting, during a hearing at Chester Magistrates Court on Wednesday, November 5.

“She saw the defendant pick up another bottle of JD, open it and drink some of the contents. He then threw it on the floor and smashed it.”

Pardoe pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage, theft and a section five public order offence, following the incident at the Market Square store.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis resin following an incident on August 30.

Howard Jones, defending, said that Pardoe had been upset at the time of the incident as he had just been told he was to become homeless as his landlord was refurbishing the property and he had nowhere else to live.

He said: “He was in quite a bad mood, he went into Asda, he did not intend to do any damage.”

Pardoe, who has struggled with drug addiction in the past and is now taking courses while at Richmond Court, was sentenced to eight weeks custody, suspended for for 12 months.

He was ordered to pay £81 compensation to Asda, and £80 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.