A HUSBAND has been scarred after a beer can was smashed into his face during a parking row outside his home.
Colin Campbell had been out with his wife and found a car was parked in front of their driveway when they returned, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Mr Campbell confronted Thomas Hackett, of Fordenbridge Square, Ford Estate, who was in the passenger seat of the other vehicle.
Prosecutor Euan Duff said: “There is no suggestion Mr Campbell was going to be violent, but Hackett may have thought he was going to be.”
Hackett punched Mr Campbell in the chest. Mr Campbell went towards him and there was a headbutt from Hackett and blows were exchanged, the court heard.
Hackett smashed the can into the side of Mr Campbell’s face, causing an injury around the eye, the court heard. He has been left scarred but is said to have made a good recovery so far.
Hackett pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding on July 23, last year. He was sentenced to a community order for 12 months with 140 hours unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £500 compensation to Mr Campbell and £250 costs.
Mitigating, Paul Currer said Hackett is out of work, but has the prospect of a job in the near future.