Family row led to Sunderland social club row

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A MAN who attacked his brother in a family row over rights to an invention must overgo a mental health assessment.

John Sopp, 43, has held a grudge against his brother Andrew, who he claims stole his idea and lived off the proceeds, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard.

The pair had not met for years, after Andrew had taken out an injunction against John. But Sopp confronted his brother in Pallion Social Club, magistrates heard.

Jeanette Smith, prosecuting, said he came over to the victim on September 22, where he was drinking with older brother, Lesley.

“He grabbed his top with both hands and shouted: “Are you trying to get me sectioned?” she said.

Sopp was arrested and told police he intended to beat up his brother and vandalise his car. Andrew Sopp said in a statement, read out in court, that the attack left him shocked.

“I know he is family but I’ve had enough,” he said. “Luckily my brother stopped him, otherwise it could be a lot worse.”

On the same day, he also hurled racist abuse at a shop keeper, near his home in Summerhill, Sunderland.

Sopp pleaded guilty to both offences.

Joanne, mitigating, asked the court for an adjournment, so he could undergo a psychological assessment. Sopp asked for permission to bring his invention to court at the next hearing, on December 10.

He was released on conditional bail until then.