Argument at family party lands dad-to-be in court

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A FAMILY row led to a father-to-be appearing in court.

Colin Beston, from Hetton, argued with his sister’s partner at a 16th birthday party.

A disagreement broke out on March 22, at the address in Easington Lane, which ended with Beston being arrested.

He appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded guilty to a public order offence.

Prosecutor Lee Poppett said it was about 9pm when the fracas began at the house in Tamar Street.

Three people became involved, including Beston’s sister’s boyfriend.

The woman said, in a statement to the court, that she had been left “panic stricken” by the incident.

His solicitor Daniel Pygall said: “There has been an argument and that has spilled out into the street.

“He admits his part in it. It was heated.

“He was drunk and he is full of remorse.

“His partner is pregnant and about to give birth to his son in a few weeks.

“It is his first child and he wants to put this incident behind him and concentrate on his son.”

Beston, of Fairy Street, was fined £55 by magistrates and ordered he pay £50 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.