Man ‘assaulted with dog chain’

A man accused of dragging a pizza delivery driver from a vehicle and beating him with a dog chain has been ordered to pay more than £1,000.

Marcus Thomas Harrison, of King Edward Street, Amble, had been drinking before the attack on Sunday, October 20 – the anniversary of his mother’s death.

He was upset at the speed Joshua Bagci was driving and prosecutor David Thompson said the victim was left with cuts and bruises to the upper body and a head wound.

The court heard that Harrison also caused damage to the Vauxhall Vectra Mr Bagci had been driving.

Appearing at the magistrates’ court in Bedlington on Tuesday, Harrison, 42, pleaded guilty to assault by beating, as well as criminal damage to property valued under £5,000.

Mr Thompson said: “Mr Bagci was driving down King Edward Street and said the defendant was stood in the road, causing my client to stop.

“Mr Bagci put his window down, the defendant walked up to the car and punched him through the open window.

“The defendant, unhappy with the perceived speed of the car, opened the door, dragged Mr Bagci out, took a metal dog chain from around his neck and hit the injured party a number of times around the upper body.”

Mr Thompson said the vehicle damage, including to the roof, amounted to £1,045,76 and Mr Bagci had lost four days’ earnings, worth £200.

He added that in a police interview, Harrison said he had gone over the top, but did not use the chain to the level claimed and had not damaged the car.

David Cornberg, defending, said Harrison denied dragging Mr Bagci from the car, claiming the victim got out of the vehicle himself.

He added: “Mr Bagci said something offensive to my client and got out of the car. There was a disagreement and my client hit the chap.”

Mr Cornberg did not mention the dog chain specifically, but said: “After the incident, my client offered his hand to the gentleman and apologised to him. He says ‘I am sorry I did that’ and the other gentleman says ‘it’s okay mate’.

Mr Cornberg said Harrison, who was deeply remorseful, was walking his dog to his mother’s favourite spot in Amble and had been drinking because it was the anniversary of her death.

He disputed the amount of car damage, saying there was no evidence to support the ‘high-value’ claim.

Harrison was fined £280, ordered to pay Mr Bagci £150 for the injuries, £200 for loss of earnings and £650 for the car damage, plus prosecution costs and victim surcharge.