Man threw meat cleaver at brother in drunken row

Aidan Smith escaped jail at Newcastle Crown Court
Aidan Smith escaped jail at Newcastle Crown Court

A dad-to-be who threw a butcher's cleaver at his brother during a drunken row has kept his freedom.

Aidan Smith, who is due to become a father next month, "kicked off" during a drinking session with his brother Anthony Smith and pals in March and was told to leave his sibling's house.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 19-year-old returned minutes later, armed with a butcher's style meat cleaver.

Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court: "Anthony was taken by surprise when the defendant threw the cleaver at him.

"The defendant came over and began to fight with Anthony."

Smith, formerly of Hill Park Road, Jarrow, admitted having an offensive weapon and assault by beating .

Vic Laffey, defending , said Smith is a "foolish young man" who recognises he put his liberty at serious risk.

Mr Laffey said Smith's partner is due to have their baby within weeks.

Mr Laffey added: "He hopes more than anything else to be available to support his partner over the next few months. "

The court heard Smith has "built bridges" with his brother and has a good work record.

Judge Stephen Earl said he accepted Smith has "changed his lifestyle" since the confrontation.

Smith was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months with programme requirements , 200 hours unpaid work and £600 costs.