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Man attacked in Shildon shop for alleged window smashing incident
A MAN carried out public retribution on the alleged perpetrator of a window smashing incident at his mother's home.
Christopher James Nicholson came across the man he believed was responsible for the damage as he was paying for an item in a convenience store on Main Street, Shildon, at 8pm on September 8 last year.
Durham Crown Court was told that despite the presence of the shop-keeper and other customers, Nicholson set about him.
John Gillette, prosecuting, said he threw several blows to his face, one using a tin of coconut milk grabbed from a display, plus at least two kicks or stamps as he lay on the shop floor.
Mr Gillette said Nicholson was heard telling the dazed victim: “Now try and put a brick through my mam’s window.”
Before leaving the premises, however, he apologised to the shop-keeper and offered to pay for any damage.
The court was told one or two bottles of beer and the tin were damaged in the incident.
Nicholson, 32, of Guthrum Place, Newton Aycliffe, was identified from in-store cctv footage and later arrested.
Mr Gillette said the defendant made no comment when interviewed and claimed it was not him on the footage.
But he admitted a charge of affray at a recent hearing before magistrates, who transferred the case to the crown court for sentence.
Graeme Gaston, mitigating, told the court: “It was an impulsive act committed while in drink on someone he had a grievance with.
“He has expressed genuine remorse and the offence took place more than a year ago.
“For some reason he was not interviewed until early December, then the case seemed to lie dormant for six months.
“But, there has been no trouble between him and the other man in the intervening period.”
Recorder Ben Nolan described it as, “an ugly incident”, and, “unpleasant” for innocent bystanders to have to witness.
He imposed 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, while Nicholson must undergo a year-long period of probation supervision and observe a three-month electronically-monitored home curfew, from 9pm - 7am.
Recorder Nolan told Nicholson he took into account his last offence for violence was more than four years ago, while the incident, itself, is more than a year old and there has been no repeat since.