A BOOZER who cracked open a bottle of cider after picking it off a supermarket shelf poked his finger into the nose of a man who confronted him.
Craig Stuart Theasby was in Asda, in Marina Way, Hartlepool, and made his way to the alcohol aisle.
He chose himself a bottle of cider from the shelf, opened it and started drinking it, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court was told.
Two members of staff confronted the 29-year-old about what he was doing, and he pushed one away and stuck his finger into the other’s nose.
Prosecuting, Paul Power said: “He picked up a bottle of cider and started drinking it.
“He was approached by the two injured parties. He went onto assault one by pushing him, and the other by pushing his index finger into the witnesses nose which caused him to step back.”
Theasby, of Wynyard Road, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to theft of the cider, worth £2.05, from Asda, and two charges of common assault, all on November 23.
He also admitted breaching a community order on November 8 and 15.
Mitigating, Stuart Haywood said his client has “chronic alcohol problems” which he was trying to resolve.
He added: “His problems with alcohol are not something he is able to get to grips with. His family has told him that he either gets treatment or he will be disowned basically.
“His father is prepared to pay for him to go into rehab and he’s made appointments with Alcoholics Anonymous.”
Chairman of the bench Nigel Guerin adjourned sentencing Theasby until the Probation Service has prepared a pre-sentence report on January 6.
He released the defendant on bail, with the condition that he does not enter licensed premises until that time.