A MAN caught on CCTV swinging a bottle during an early hours row was told he was ‘fortunate’ no one was injured.
Mitchell Sayers waved the bottle at a man and woman, and later spat at another woman after a town centre altercation.
The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of using threatening words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Sayers appeared via video link from custody as he is serving a nine-month prison term for breaching a restraining order.
The offence took place on Friday, September 13, in Ocean Road, South Shields.
John McGlone, prosecuting, said: “An incident occured at 4.08am. It was caught on CCTV, although the incident had already begun when it was covered by the cameras.
“There was a group of people crowded together and the defendant was seen swinging a bottle towards a male and female.”
The court heard that Sayers became involved in an altercation with another woman soon after, spitting at her after she poured a drink on him.
Valerie Bell, defending, said: “Mr Sayer pleaded guilty to this offence, and should be given some credit for that.
“He had been at Roxannes nightclub and a male and a female had been there too. They left at the same time.
“Mr Sayers was assaulted by the male. He was unhappy about this and that was the background to the incident.
“He did have a bottle but the woman had a stiletto shoe in her hand as well. Nobody was injured in the incident.”
“Clearly, his behaviour was unacceptable, but there was provocation.”
Sayers, of Parkfield, Jarrow, was given an 18-month conditional discharge.
Neil Woodward, chairman of the magistrates, said: “We have heard a tale of an unpleasant incident on a night out.
“It is fortunate there were no injuries. We understand you were not the only person involved.”