Tony 'The Fridge' to complete community service with appliance strapped to his back after assault convictions

Tony Morrison is on trial at Sunderland Magistrates' Court.
Tony Morrison is on trial at Sunderland Magistrates' Court.
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Charity fundraiser Tony 'The Fridge' Morrison has been found guilty of assaulting two members of a Sunderland family.

The 51-year-old, of Jutland Avenue, Hebburn, denied assaulting Andrew Mallaby, his parents George and Jean and sister Lauren, as well as using violence to secure entry to their home in Hylton Lane.

He was found guilty of assaulting Andrew and George Mallaby, and cleared of assaulting the two women.

Morrison was found guilty at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court earlier today, and hwas now been been given a 12-month community sentence.

He will carry out a total of 200 hours unpaid work and must also pay £100 compensation to both victims and £400 costs, so £600 overall. There is no restraining order

After the verdicts, Morrison said: “I have had justice today, I cannot really deny that.

“Three of the charges have been dropped, the three that have hurt me the most. That’s fantastic.

“The Fridge won 3-2 today.

“I will do whatever community service I have to do with the fridge on my back if they want so people can sponsor me.

“I just want to get on with my life.”

Morrison claimed bad publicity around the case has cost his fundraising efforts around £150,000.

He added: “You only get one chance to lose your reputation.”

•Relive our live corverage of the case HERE.