Man swung wine bottle at stranger in unprovoked attack


A MAN who swung a wine bottle at a stranger and chased him down a South Tyneside street avoided jail.

When arrested by police after the ‘unprovoked’ incident, Nathan Willis was found to be in possession of amphetamine.

The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of causing harassment, alarm or distress by threatening behaviour and possession of a Class B drug at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The offences took place on Friday, November 1, last year.

Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said: “At 5am, a man was walking towards Mile End Road when a male behind him swung a wine bottle towards him.

“He walked off towards Ocean Road and was pursued by Willis with the wine bottle still in his hand. Police were called and Willis was arrested.”

The incident was captured on street CCTV.

Kevin Smallcombe. defending, said Willis had been feeling low and going through personal difficulties.

Gareth Cracknell, chairman of the magistrates, said: “This was a serious incident and was unprovoked, against someone you really didn’t know.”

Willis, of St Mary’s Avenue, South Shields, was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.