A customer who smashed a pub’s windows after he was thrown out has been spared jail.
Gavin Davidson, 27, who was “blind drunk”, was escorted out of the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Houghton le Spring for causing problems on July 24.
Newcastle Crown Court heard, within 20 minutes of him being removed, the windows of the pub started to shatter in a £500 wrecking spree.
A judge yesterday branded Davidson a “drunken idiot”.
Prosecutor Jolyon Perks told the court: “He used a machete with a 12-inch blade to cause £500 worth of damage to the public house.
“The barman working in the premises at the time realised that the windows of the pub were being broken by the same male who had been escorted out 20 minutes earlier.
“The police were immediately called.”
The court heard when officers arrived at the scene Davidson was “agitated and aggressive” and had to be restrained by handcuffs.
He said when questioned: “The only thing I can think is I have been spiked.”
Judge Robin Mairs rejected outright the idea that Davidson’s drink had been spiked and said the excuse was “pathetic nonsense”.
The judge told him: “What happened was, you went out and got blind drunk, you got thrown out of the pub and you took exception to that.
“Acting like a drunken idiot, you came back with a machete and smashed the window, no doubt to prove, through bravado, you were some kind of big man.
“The danger of that is, drunken idiots with machetes can do an awful lot of damage.”
The judge said, despite the seriousness of what happened, he would give Davidson, who has a job, a partner and a son, a chance.
He was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with 200 hours unpaid work, £500 compensation and £200 costs.
Davidson, of Hunter Street, Shiney Row, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage and having an offensive weapon.
The court heard Davidson considers the three days he spent in custody while the judge considered the sentence as the “worst time of his life”.