A CUSTOMER who threw a stiletto shoe into a pub worker’s face during a row has walked free from court.
Bar worker David Ridley was hit on the forehead by the flying high-heel, which had been launched by Liam Ellison, leaving his face swollen and cut.
Newcastle Crown Court heard trouble flared at the Cuba bar in Vine Street, Sunderland, when Ellison’s girlfriend was asked to leave.
Ellison, who was carrying the woman’s shoes, threw them at Mr Ridley as they made their way out in the early hours of August 6 last year.
It was as Mr Ridley tried to shut the back door at the bar that he was hit.
Prosecutor Donald McFaul told the court: “Liam Ellison threw the shoes he had in his hand at David Ridley. One hit him on the forehead and caused swelling and cuts.”
Ellison, of Selbourne Street, Roker, was convicted of common assault after a trial by magistrates.
Judge Paul Sloan QC sentenced him to two months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with supervision.
The judge said: “You were carrying a pair of high heeled shoes, stiletto shoes, and when Mr Ridley attempted to close the door, you threw the shoes at him.
“One struck him on the forehead and he sustained cuts and swelling.
“The shoe was, in effect, used as a weapon and this is aggravated by the fact the offence was committed at licensed premises, at night, when you were in drink.”
The court heard Ellison has previous convictions and has been the subject of a number of court orders in the past.
Judge Sloan warned him: “If you throw away this chance, you are going to get sent to prison immediately.”
Jamie Adams, defending, said Ellison is a “fragile” character who is making determined efforts to stay away from trouble.
Mr Adams said: “The fracas which occurred that night was not of his making.
“That he threw his girlfriend’s shoes is a slightly unusual form of assault.
“The injuries are not serious and perhaps not intended, although, of course, he is responsible for them.”