Fall-out over loan lands man in court

A BOCKENFIELD man has been fined after pleading guilty to assault.

James Roper, 25, admitted punching Andrew James Brown in Felton on Sunday, March 25, South East Northumberland Magistrates heard.

Stephen Davies, prosecuting, said Roper had been walking home after drinking in a local pub when he saw Mr Brown outside his garage.

Mr Davies said: “The injured party saw Roper warming up to him and struck him four times to the face resulting in an inch-long cut above his left eye as well as bruising and swelling.”

The court heard that Roper had known his victim for around 10 years, but the pair had fallen out over a loan of a small amount of money.

Defending, John Monkhouse said: “There is history in this matter that has gone on for some time.

“During the recent past the defendant did lend the injured party £10. It has now been repaid but it wasn’t paid then.

“When it hadn’t been paid the defendant took the injured party’s bike and put it in his garage.

“There was a bit of tit-for-tat, that was when the injured party put something on Facebook, threatening what he was going to do to the defendant.

“This offence then happened when the defendant was walking past with his girlfriend and saw the injured party, went up and punched him and there was fisticuffs between them.”

Roper was fined £40 and ordered to pay £100 compensation as well as a £15 victim surcharge. No order was made for costs.