Aggressive drunk dragged neighbour in pyjamas into the street in row over party noise

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A FURIOUS man dragged a neighbour into the street after a row over a late-night party.

Matthew Cain attacked the man, who lived next door to his partner, because he banged on the shared wall to complain about the noise.

The 25-year-old lost his temper and went to knock on his victim’s front door to confront him.

When the other man answered, he was dragged out by the collar.

Cain, of Tower Street, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to assault and criminal damage at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, told the court that the victim managed to land a punch on Cain during the struggle, before fleeing back inside his home, but Cain followed and kicked his door in.

He said: “There was quite a lot of build up in relation to this incident – but simply put, Cain was with others at an address on the evening of November 27.

“There was a lot of noise going on and because of that one of the neighbours called the police.

“The victim answered a knock at the door, assuming the police had attended, but in fact it was Cain coming to see him.

“The neighbour told him he had called the police, but he grabbed him by the collar of his pyjama top and dragged him into the street.

“He retaliated by punching him. He was trying to get back in the house and shut the door, at which point Cain kicked it, causing it to break.”

Cain was arrested and magistrates heard the man was left with a £450 bill for repairing his door.

Chris Wilson, defending, said Cain had been trying to act as a “peacemaker”.

He said: “There was significant noise from the party, resulting in the banging of the wall.

“As a result, Cain made the erroneous decision to go next door and have a discussion.

“His intention was to go as peacemaker, but during the course of the discussion, things became heated.”

Mr Wilson said unemployed Cain suffered from mental health problems and was waiting to see a community psychiatric nurse.

District Judge Roger Elsey told him: “You are aggressive and unpleasant in drink and you are in drink far too often.

“If you carry on like this, you will end up in prison.”

He ordered Cain to pay £100 compensation to his victim and £60 court costs.