A BUS station bust-up landed a man in court after he was charged with an attack.
Jordan Atcheson became involved in a row at the Galleries in Washington.
The victim claimed he heard shouting and was attacked for no reason, but could not remember much about the assault, as he had been out drinking with a friend.
Prosecutor Paul Anderson told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court that the man was pushed to the ground after a war of words.
Iain Jordan, defending, said 19-year-old Atcheson, from Harraton in Washington, had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity to assaulting the man on November 30.
But he denied the attack had been motiveless.
He said: “Mr Atcheson was at the top of some stairs in the Galleries bus station with his friend.
“They were due to go to a party, but it had been cancelled, so they were shouting at each other that the party had been cancelled.
“He has never accepted that it was an unprovoked assault.
“He said the man was shouting up at him, using very colourful language, telling him to shut up.
“Mr Atcheson did not agree with that, took issue with that, and went to the bottom of the stairs.
“There was a very short verbal altercation between the parties and he punched first.”
He added that the victim had suffered some reddening and tenderness to the upper left side of his face, but did not need any treatment.
A statement of complaint was not taken from him until February 15, delaying the case in coming to court.
“But he has always maintained a guilty plea and is remorseful for his actions,” he said.
The agency worker, of Westward Place, was fined £77 and ordered to pay £100 compensation to his victim.
, along with a £20 victim surcharge and £85 towards court costs.