A MAN repeatedly called a social club and made sexual comments to the barmaid who answered the phone.
Mark Liddle, of Westoe Road, South Shields, phoned the Meldon Social Club, in Heaton, Newcastle, randomly and made lewd comments to the woman.
When she hung up, the 46-year-old called twice more, until eventually she swore at him and called the police.
Officers traced the number back to Liddle, who had used his own mobile phone, and arrested him.
He pleaded guilty to making offensive phone calls at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “The victim has worked in the club for some years. On March 24, there was a phone call, which we now know was made by the defendant.
“He made a lewd remark to her. Taken aback, she asked what he had said and he replied ‘I’ve told you what I want’. She hung up on him, but a short time later, he rang back and said the same thing.
“Again, she hung up and he called back another time, this time saying something more sexual.
“She swore at him and hung up.”
Mr Anderson told the court that when Liddle was questioned about it, he said he thought he was speaking to someone he knew, before admitting ringing a random number from the phone book.
Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He behaved extremely inappropriately and was down in the dumps at the time. He feels ashamed and embarrassed.
“He used his own telephone number and didn’t try to block it.
“He made lewd comments to the woman who answered the phone.
“After a few calls she made it perfectly clear what she thought about it to him and gave him it bluntly.”
Magistrates fined Liddle £37 and ordered him to pay £20 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.