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Man attacked petrol station employee while drunk
2:55pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A DRUNKEN man attacked a late-night petrol station worker before jumping on a car in a rage about the price of alcohol.
Liam Taylor, 25, pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal damage and a charge of assault by beating when he appeared at Darlington Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday, September 17).
The court heard that Taylor, of Stanhope Road North, Darlington, went to the Snax 24 garage, on North Road, at 5am on August 6 with two friends to buy vodka, when he reacted badly after being told the price.
Vickie Wilson, prosecuting, said the Snax 24 employee had been serving Taylor’s friend through a sliding night hatch when Taylor became aggressive and attacked the hatch, causing it to jam.
She added: “As the victim tried to fix the hatch the defendant started shouting at him to fix it and punched the hatch again, causing it to hit the victim’s hand with minor injuries.
“The police were called and they found the defendant jumping up and down on a car in a nearby street.”
Callum Terry, mitigating, said Taylor had no recollection of the incident and that he had been drinking heavily in response to the death of his grandfather earlier that day.
He added: “Alcohol is not normally an issue for him. He suffers with anxiety and depression and his grandfather’s death had tipped him over the edge.”
The case was adjourned for probation reports before sentencing on October 8.
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