TWO shoppers were slapped with a hefty court bill – after being involved in a supermarket spat.
Darren Bonner and Richard Pearson had to be separated by staff after grappling near the fish counter at Morrisons, in Jarrow. on May 9.
He is sorry for losing his temperChristopher Brown
The row was sparked when 22-year-old Bonner told Pearson’s mother, who he was with in the shop, that he would “smash her face in”.
Pearson, 40, grabbed Bonner from behind by the neck. Both admitted charges of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said: “Bonner, in interview, said he had been at the store to do his groceries when the co-accused’s mother threatened him.
Christopher Brown, defending Bonner, said: “He is sorry for losing his temper.”
Bonner, of High Street, Jarrow, was given a 12-month conditional discharge and must pay a criminal court charge of £150 and a victim surcharge of £15, with Pearson, of Breamish Street, Jarrow, was also given a 12-month conditional discharge, as well as paying a criminal court charge of £150, costs of £40 and a £15 victim surcharge.