A SAMURAI sword attack in South Shields that led to four arrests has brought no convictions after a court case collapsed.
The Gazette reported in July how a fight broke out near The Fad pub in Gainsborough Avenue, Whiteleas, South Shields, which left a 39-year-old man in critical condition and his 18-year-old son with a huge head wound.
The 18-year-old, Joe Corner, was arrested along with his pal 25-year-old Billy Swan, a 44-year-old man – who was alleged to have used the samurai sword – and a 51-year-old man.
Corner’s father, Stevie, was taken to South Tyneside District Hospital after losing two pints of blood from a wound in his leg.
Police and paramedics were scrambled to the scene at 8.30pm on July 17 and seized a baseball bat and samurai sword.
Corner, of Bunyan Avenue, and Swan, of Belloc Avenue, both in nearby Biddick Hall, were charged with using threatening behaviour and appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in the days after the fight. The pair denied causing any trouble and pleaded not guilty.
They were due back at court on Friday for their trial, but the case against them collapsed when a key prosecution witness failed to turn up.
The Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence against the pair, and the charges were dismissed by magistrates.
At an earlier hearing, Lee Poppett, prosecuting, said the fight was the result of a long-standing feud between two families.
He said: “We say that Joe Corner was on a bike passing a house and shouted to the tenant that he would ‘get his dad down’.
“There ended up being a fight and, we say, Swan was there and Joe Corner had a baseball bat.
“There were punches thrown, and a sword was brought out of the house.
“His father was taken to hospital after his leg was cut.”
The 44-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent, was released by police without further charge. The 51-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of affray, remains on bail.
A police spokesman said: “A key witness failed to turn up at court, and the prosecution could offer no evidence.
“The 44-year-old man will receive no further action, but the 51-year-old remains on police bail at this time.”