A yob who sparked safety fears after going on a drunken rampage with a broom at a South Tyneside fast food restaurant has been ordered to pay just £1 in compensation.
Craig Pearson said he was ‘mortal’ due to the effect of booze when he burst into Subway, in Ocean Road, and removed a chair from the store and hurled in the street before returning to grab a broom to smash into a sandwich board outside the premises.
He was extremely drunk and apologises to the court and those involved.Shaun McFaul
The store’s shell-shocked manager feared he would ‘hurt someone’ after he launched a foul-mouthed tirade in the venue and even tried to gain entry behind the service counter.
The store boss ordered him to leave and closed the shutters of the store after growing concerned for the wellbeing of customers and staff.
The 23-year-old was arrested in the street while brandishing the broom by cops before being charged with drunk and disorderly behaviour.
Pearson, of Aycliffe, Gateshead, admitted the offence when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
He was served with a 12-month conditional discharge and must pay a £20 victim surcharge, as well as a £1 fee to the global food chain for damage caused to the broom.
Justin Gibson, prosecuting, said; “On July 19, Pearson entered the Subway store shouting and swearing. He was drunk and slurring his words.
“The store manager said she felt scared and frightened by his behaviour and that he was causing concern among customers.
“He picked up a chair and the manager said she didn’t know what he was going to do with it.
“He went outside and threw it in the street.
“He continued to act aggressively and came back in the store and grabbed a broom a swung it at at a sandwich board outside the premises.
“Police arrived and saw Pearson bleeding from the hand and carrying the broom. He was clearly under the influenceand was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.”
Shaun McFaul, defending, said: “He said he was mortal at the time and all he can remember is mucking around.
“He was extremely drunk and apologises to the court and those involved.”