Drunken row led to brick raid

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A TEENAGER smashed a window in a pal’s house after a drunken argument.

Lee Ames was at his friend’s flat in Gresford Street, South Shields, when they began to argue about his sister – who is in a relationship with the other man.

The 19-year-old left, but returned on his bike and put a brick through one of the windows.

Ames, of Renoir Gardens, South Shields, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “The defendant became aggressive and snapped a few CDs in anger – which were his own.

“He left and started shouting abuse at the man before picking up a brick and throwing it through a window.”

Paul Kennedy, defending, said: “This is a strange situation, and the three of them are friends again.

“This night they were all drinking together. Over the previous couple of days the defendant’s sister had been self-harming.

“That was discussed, and Mr Ames thought her boyfriend should have done more to stop it from happening.

“They argued, and he was angry and upset about it.”

Magistrates gave Ames a six-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £100 compensation to his victim.