Banned customer spat at shop assistant

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A MAN who was banned from a convenience store urinated in the doorway before returning to spit at the assistant.

Michael McCourt was refused service in the One Stop in Concord, Washington, a court heard.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson told Sunderland Magistrates’ Court: “He urinated in the shop’s doorway. McCourt returned a few hours later, and there was another argument.

“On this occasion he struck out at the shop assistant and spat in his face.”

McCourt, 34, of Manor View, Concord, admitted common assault on July 1.

Emma Turner, defending, said McCourt had suffered a brain injury which could affect his behaviour.

Ms Turner added: “That is now being treated. Mr McCourt is sorry for what he did, and he pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.”

McCourt was sentenced to an 18-month supervision order, and a three-month curfew.

Bench chairman William Lindsay told him: “This was a bad day for you, and a very bad thing you did that day.

“The shop assistant is only doing his job. He should be able to that without abuse from you.

“You should realise you have come very close to going to prison today.”

McCourt must pay £100 compensation and £85 costs.