Drink-fuelled rampage ends in court

AN Alnwick man was sentenced to 200 hours’ unpaid work after a drink-fuelled rampage in a bar.

Callum Donohoe, of York Crescent, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault, criminal damage to two beer taps and obstructing/resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty when he appeared at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court.

The court was told that at around 11pm on Sunday, May 29, a member of staff at Oscars in Alnwick reported to the owner Derek Charlton that the 24-year-old was causing trouble and being aggressive and abusive towards other customers in the bar.

When Mr Charlton intervened, Donohoe punched him and tried to headbutt him.

He then headbutted Leanne Green, a friend of his girlfriend, while she was trying to calm him down. She now needs corrective surgery to reset her nose.

The court heard how she said afterwards that she feels everyone is staring at her because of what has happened and that she has lost her best friend.

When the police arrived, Donohoe was in the street trying to fight with another male. He struggled with the police officer and had to be restrained on the ground.

Donohoe’s solicitor told the court that his client felt a great deal of ‘shock and remorse’ over his behaviour, pointing out that it was said to be ‘out of character’ by the witnesses.

When Donohoe woke up the next day, he didn’t know what had happened, and believes his drink may have been spiked, which led him to behave in this ‘outlandish’ and ‘outrageous’ way.

His solicitor said: “He is a hard-working young man who has behaved in an outrageous manner.

“He can’t believe that Leanne has received a headbutt from him.

“He cannot understand why he is behaving in sich a manner.”

Donohoe was given an 18-month community order with 200 hours’ unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay compensation for the damage caused and to the two victims of the assaults.