A charity fundraiser forced his way into the Wearside home of a former employee in a row over missing client data, a court heard.
Tony “The Fridge” Morrison, 51, of Jutland Avenue, Hebburn, denied assaulting Andrew Mallaby, his parents George and Jean, and sister Lauren, by beating, as well as using violence to secure entry to their home in Hylton Lane, Sunderland, when he appeared at the city’s magistrates’ court for trial.
George Mallaby told the court: “I saw a man at the top of the stairs assaulting my son.
“He had hold of him. Andrew was trying to defend himself, to fight him off.
“I bear-hugged him around his shoulders to try to stop him.
“He was attempting to bite me, because he could not lash out any more. My wife came upstairs to give me some assistance to remove him from the premises.
“He was too strong for me to do it by myself.
“On the way down the stairs, he shouted up to Andrew, he said ‘You know what’s coming’.
“Before we got him out of the door, he told me he was coming for me as well.”
Morrison told the court he had gone to confront Andrew Mallaby because he believed he was selling information to his former business partner David Cunningham.
Morrison said he had used a pay-as-you go sim to send Andrew a text message, purporting to be from Cunningham.
Asked why he had gone to the house, he said: “Because he was in the process of committing the fraud there and then.
“I wanted to sit down with Andrew, with his mam and dad, to ask him about why he had done what he had done.
“I would shake his hand, pat him on the head, say ‘good luck in your life, son’ and he would know he would never meet another man like me.”
The case was adjourned until Thursday.