A TEENAGE girl needed stitches in her head after being hit with a cereal bowl – when trouble flared during a row over a pair of trainers.
Jonathan Johnson was furious when one of the men at a gathering in a house in Jarrow suggested a pair of training shoes he once owned could have been “snide” or fake.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 32-year-old, who was out on licence for an assault, lashed out with his fist and led to the row becoming a “disturbance”.
In the trouble that followed, Johnson threw a ceramic cereal bowl at one of the four men he was fighting with, which missed his intended target and hit a 17-year-old girl who was also at the house.
Paul Rowland, prosecuting, told the court: “He threw a bowl, a ceramic bowl, clearly aimed at the males.
“However, that hit the complainant in the head.
“As a consequence of being hit, she received two cuts, both of which required stitches, a total of eight stitches. It was to the left side of her head, on the scalp.
“His intended target was not this particular young lady.”
The court heard a row had started on July 11 when Johnson had mentioned having previously had the same pair of trainers as someone else but said his had fallen apart.
Mr Rowland said: “At that point, one of the young men made a comment to Mr Johnson about the fact perhaps he had had snide training shoes.
“He took umbrage at that.”
The court heard the trouble that followed spread outside of the house.
It was when Johnson got back inside the house, with his four opponents also trying to get in, that he threw the ceramic missile.
Johnson, of Buxton Close, Jarrow, pleaded guilty to assault.
Judge John Evans jailed Johnson, who has convictions for 95 offences and has been recalled to prison to serve time outstanding from his previous sentence, for 15 months.
The judge said: “You were not seeking to injure the 17-year-old, who ultimately was injured.
“Unhappily, as is often the case, when people behave if not in a wild way, certainly an irrational way, innocent people who find themselves mixed up in matters of this kind are the ones who end up being injured.
“This young lady now has some disfigurement.”
John Wilkinson, defending, told the court Johnson has said he is “totally sorry” for what happened to the girl, which was unintentional during the violence involving the men.
Mr Wilkinson said Johnson is in constant pain due to a stab wound he received some years ago.