Attacker ‘ashamed’ after street assault in South Shields

Craig Wylam, leaves South Tyneside Magistrates Court
Craig Wylam, leaves South Tyneside Magistrates Court

A man who assaulted a passer-by who stepped in to halt a street row between him and a pal said he was ‘ashamed’ of his behaviour during a tearful apology to magistrates.

Craig Wylam sobbed in court as he was hit with a fine and ordered to pay compensation for the attack – which left the victim ‘bleeding heavily’ and requiring hospital treatment.

The 33-year-old has been arguing with a friend when Christopher Flaherty challenged him over his actions.

Wylam pushed the man in the chest, forcing him to stumble to the ground.

He suffered a cut to the eyebrow and attended hospital for treatment.

Wylam, of Eastbourne Grove, South Shields, admitted common assault at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Katherine Hannah, prosecuting, said: “At 8pm on Saturday, August 29, the defendant had been arguing with another man who resided in the same bedsit as him.

“The defendant was very abusive and the argument spilled out onto the street.

“He was shouting and swearing.

“The injured party challenged him about his behaviour and Wylam pushed him in the chest.

“He fell over and cut his eyebrow.

“It was bleeding heavily and he went to hospital for treatement.”

The court heard that Wylam has a number of previous drunk and disorderly offences on his record and was given a three-month jail sentence – suspended for 12 months – for an assault last June.

His latest offence came after the suspended term had expired.

Laura Croft, defending, said; “He has made full admissions to the police and should be given credit for his early guilty plea.

“He had a bit of an argument with a friend and a member of the public asked them to keep it down.

“He pushed him with the palm of his hand. He says it was the stumble rather than the force of the push that led to the injury.

“He is receiving professional help for alcohol misuse. He is distressed in court today due to his remorse.

Wylam, addressing the court, said: “I am ashamed of my behaviour.

“I’m sorry. I need help. I am looking towards rehab.

“I don’t want my life to go on this way.”

Barry Hunter, chairman of the magistrates, ordered Wylam to pay £100 compensation to the victim and a £55 fine.

He must also pay a criminal courts charge of £150, prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.