A FAMILY row turned to violence when a man visited his brother’s home in the middle of the night to “give him a slap”.
Magistrates in South Tyneside were told Brian Welsh has had an “on-off relationship” with his brother Francis over the years.
On April 27 this year, Welsh went round to his brother’s home in Kyffin View, South Shields, at 3am and threw a stone at a window to alert his brother to his presence.
When he answered the door, Welsh pushed past him, shouting: “I want a piece of you. You have wrecked our Janice.”
The court heard this was a reference to their sister.
When Francis Welsh asked his brother to leave, he was punched in the face.
Brian Welsh, 52, of Westoe Road, South Shields, admitted a charge of common assault.
Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said: “Francis Welsh had made some calls which had angered his brother and to his sister Janice.
That wound him up even more and he had decided to go and ‘give him a slap’.”
In a statement, Francis Welsh told the police: “I’m really upset Brian has done this. Families shouldn’t behave like that.”
The case was adjourned until January 16 for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
Laura Croft, defending, said there was a dispute between the two brothers over money.
She added: “This was a really brief incident, although Mr Welsh accepts there was some level of premeditation.
“Only one blow connected. It was a single punch.
“With hindsight Mr Welsh clearly sees it was not a good idea to go to his brother’s house in the middle of the night and that he should have dealt with it in a different way.
“There was no medical treatment required as a result of the blow, which reduces the seriousness of the offence.”