A ‘mortal drunk’ man has been served with a hefty court bill after smashing two windows at a South Tyneside fast food restaurant.
Billy Office kicked two rear-door windows of the McDonald’s outlet in King Street, South Shields, after an early-hours dispute with a worker on June 28.
The 27-year-old admitted a charge of criminal damage when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
The restaurant chain estimated that the damage caused would cost £600 to repair.
Janice Bellamy, prosecuting, said: “Police received information that a male was damaging windows at the rear of the McDonald’s restaurant.
“The defendant made off but fell over as he was pursued by an officer.
“He was arrested and in interview with police, accepted he caused the damage.
“He said a member of staff had wound him up.
“The company estimate the cost of repairs to be £600.”
David Forrester, defending, said: “It appears there was some dispute with a member of staff and he has taken out his frustrations.
“He described himself as mortal drunk.
“He works at BT. He is a young man who works hard in the day and is throwing his money away in the night.”
Office, of no fixed abode, was given a 12-month conditional discharge by magistrates and must pay compensation of £400, a criminal courts charge of £150, prosecution costs of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.