A man put himself in the frame for a court appearance after etching his name on a pool table in a South Tyneside pub.
Ryan Kay used a pen to scrawl on the table at the Chichester Arms, in South Shields, before writing the letters ‘Na’ on a wall in the watering hole.
But the writing was on the wall for him – as he was caught in the act on CCTV in the pub.
The 25-year-old, of Ashley Road, South Shields, was later arrested and pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Angela Narey, prosecuting, said: “He was seen on CCTV using a biro pen to sign his name on the pool table and write ‘Na’ on the wall.”
Laura Johnson, defending, said: “He fully accepts responsibility for these offences and has entered an immediate guilty plea.
“He was out with friends and picked up the pen and signed his name on the pool table and wrote on a mural on the wall.
“He accepts it was a stupid thing to do, and he was under the influence of alcohol.”
Kay was ordered to pay £100 compensation and was also fined £100.