A man who assaulted a work colleague who was ‘messing around’ on a quad bike, has been fined £45 by magistrates at Berwick.
David Angus of Chesterhill Cottages, Belford, was also ordered to pay his victim £65 in compensation, along with £85 costs and a £15 surcharge.
The court heard that Angus, 44, assaulted Cameron Lowerson at Waren Mill on May 1.
The prosecution said he head-butted his victim following an argument over the quad bike.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the offence, but in mitigation defence solicitor Richard Scott said that after the incident Angus had kept his job while the other man had had his employment terminated.
Mr Scott said Angus was working as a handyman at a house in Waren Mill and was looking after the property while the owner was away.
The owner was having other work carried out and two of the workmen were using the quad bike in what he thought was an inappropriate manner.
“There was an argument and my client (Angus) lost his temper,” said Mr Scott.
“He struck Mr Lowerson, but it was not intentional. The owner had to come back from holiday early to sort this out but it was Mr Lowerson who lost his job while my client has still got his.”