A MAN angry at being thrown out of a pub returned to the premises to put out a window with a hockey stick.

Ian McLeoad was at the Half Moon in Quarrington Hill playing pool, at 6.45pm on September 15.

Durham Crown Court was told he became involved in an argument and a bar worker asked him to leave.

Kelly Sherif, prosecuting, said as he was leaving he picked up a pint glass, and threw it to the corner bar area, damaging a wall light and ceiling rose.

Miss Sherif said at 8pm McLeoad was seen in the Front Street with a weapon, which he later told police was a hockey stick, before getting into a car and almost causing a collision.

Half-an-hour later a commotion was heard outside and a window was shattered. McLeoad was seen leaving the scene in a silver Ford Mondeo.

The 42-year-old, of Hawthorn Crescent, Quarrington Hill, admitted two counts of criminal damage, driving while banned and without insurance.

It put him in breach of two community orders and a suspended sentence.

Martin Scarborough, for McLeoad, said on leaving the pub he was attacked and, “suffered some injuries”, but then, “made the wrong decision”, going back and causing the damage.

Imposing a ten-month prison sentence, Judge Ray Singh told McLeoad he, “went on a criminal spree, causing damage, distress and anxiety.”

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