Attacker flew into rage in fight outside pub

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A THUG landed himself in court after he flew into a “rage” during a vicious assault outside a South Tyneside pub.

Magistrates heard that Christopher Sorlie hit a man so many times that the victim “lost count”.

Sorlie, 27, of Olive Street, South Shields, had shouted at the man because of the top he was wearing while both were outside The Rattler pub, in South Shields.

He then made a two-fingered gesture towards the man, who replied in kind, causing Sorlie to approach him and punch him in the face.

The defendant admitted assault by beating at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “On August 9, the victim was with a group of friends at the rear of the Rattler pub.

“Sorlie shouted towards him, and made reference to the top he was wearing.

“He took exception to what he was wearing.

“He stuck two fingers up towards the injured party, who did the same.

“Sorlie them approached him and punched him in the head, and grabbed him by the throat.

“The injured party started to fight back in self-defence.

“He said Sorlie was filled with rage, and threw multiple punches at him.

He was hit so often, he couldn’t count how many times it was.

“He fell to the ground. He was disorientated but could make out Sorlie still shouting abuse at him,” he added.

The victim suffered bruising to his left eye and swelling to the left side of his face, as well as a cut to his lip.

In a statement read out in court, the injured party said: “I am scared this happened to me. I feel I will now be more paranoid when out.

“I shouldn’t have to feel like this.

“I can’t believe someone attacked me for no reason.”

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “There was an assault that took place, he accepts that. He doesn’t seek to shirk responsibility for the assault.

“He accepts that in the context of the fight, he took it too far.”

Magistrates asked for a probation report to be prepared before delivering a verdict.

The matter was adjourned until February 4 for sentencing.

Sorlie was granted unconditional bail until then.