Sunderland alcoholic fell off the wagon – and smashed two cars with a baseball bat

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A MAN who gave up alcohol for nearly three years went on a wrecking spree after getting back on the booze.

Paul Stoker, from Southwick, Sunderland, gave up the drink after being found with a meat cleaver by police in 2011, magistrates heard.

But he found himself back in bother when he decided to see in 2014 with a drinking session at his brother’s house in Hendon.

Sunderland magistrates were told how the 26-year-old smashed the windows on a Vauxhall Vectra and a Toyota Yaris parked in Egerton Street with a baseball bat.

Stoker was arrested nearby, still with the baseball bat. The court was told Stoker had no recollection of the wrecking spree and doesn’t know where he got the baseball bat from.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal damage.

Michael Robertson, defending, said Stoker had not touched alcohol since he was convicted of possessing an offensive weapon in August 2011.

He added that Stoker, of Beaumont Street, had not drunk since New Year’s Day.

Magistrates gave Stoker a 12-month community order and ordered him to pay £250 compensation, £85 costs and a £60 victim’s surcharge