Angry man floored partner, grabbed knife and trashed gate in rage over loud music on New Year’s Eve

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A man from South Tyneside has been spared jail after being found with a knife while damaging a neighbour’s gate because they played their music too loud on New Year’s Eve.

Martin Adams had returned to his partner’s flat after a night out when he heard loud music coming from the adjoining flat.

You are 23-years-of-age, you’re very young, you have got time to turn your life around.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 23-year-old jumped up and down on the floor before banging on the neighbour’s door to tell them to turn the music down.

When his partner tried to calm him down, he grabbed her by the face and pushed her over.

Vincent Ward, prosecuting, said a 16-year-old girl answered the door, having been listening to music with friends.

He said: “She went inside and turned the volume down but he continued to bang on her door. She described him as raging so much she couldn’t make out what he was saying.

“He continued to bray on the door so badly she could see it moving.”

Mr Ward said: “Adams picked up a knife, walked around the back to the rear of the premises. When he reached the gate, he knocked it off its, hinges.

Adams was arrested and made no comment during the police interview.

Adams, of Bedford Avenue, South Shields, admitted possession of a bladed article, criminal damage and common assault.

Jane Foley, defending, said: “This is a young man of just 23 years of age. It’s drinking which tends to cause this offending.

“It was drinking which led to him causing this type of offending on New Year’s Eve. There had been tension with the neighbours for some time.

“Matters had got out of hand. He stupidly took a knife with him.”

Recorder Duff told Adams: “You have got a poor record for offending. You could have no complaints at all if you were taken straight to custody.

“That is not going to be the case. You are 23-years of age, you’re very young, you have got time to turn your life around.”

Recorder Duff sentenced Adams to six months in prison suspended for two years with two years of supervision.

He was also ordered to attend a domestic violence programme for 30 days and pay a victim surcharge of £80.