Anger taken out on pub door

AN electrical engineer’s spat with a woman saw him vent his anger on a pub door.

Craig Richard Bage was talking with friends in The Royal pub, in Church Street, Hartlepool, when a woman kept on butting in on the conversation, a court heard.

Magistrates were told the 22-year-old eventually told the woman to “shut up”, at which point she told her boyfriend who then started to be aggressive with the defendant.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse said: “The defendant was in The Royal public house, when at 11.20pm, he left following a row with an unknown person.

“As he left he punched a half wood, half glass door, causing it to shatter.

“He was subsequently arrested just after midnight and officers observed small cuts to his right knuckles.”

She added: “In interview, he said he’d been stood in the beer garden when an unknown female began butting into the conversation and he told her to shut up.

“She went and told her boyfriend and then he became aggressive towards him. He said he left the pub very angry and he said he hit the door instead of the male or female.”

Bage, of Parton Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to the criminal damage on February 17.

Mitigating, Ian Hudson, said it was a shame his client was in court just because “somebody interrupted a peaceful outing with friends”.

“My client is an electrical engineer and he’s a hard-working young man,” he said. “He was out with friends for a drink when a woman kept interrupting and butting in on the conversation.

“He did the right thing and instead of hurting any person he hit the door. It was the lesser of the two evils, but it wasn’t without some form of verbal provocation.

“Had the lady not got herself involved my client would not be here.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Peter West sentenced Bage to a six-month conditional discharge, ordered him to pay £350 compensation and £85 costs.