Brother and sister ‘were like monsters’ as violence flared at pub gig

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A HAIRDRESSER who punched and kicked customers during a mass brawl at a pub was today spared jail by the “skin of her teeth”.

Joanne Hutchinson warned “I’m going to f****** kill someone” before she started lashing out when violence flared at Sleepers bar in Boldon last February.

Newcastle Crown Court heard at least 10 customers started fighting after a seemingly minor row exploded into mass violence during a live show by local band The Force.

Hutchinson was described as acting like a “monster” during the violence.

A support worker who had been enjoying the performance was hospitalised for four days after Hutchinson slammed her face into a brick wall outside and banged her head into a pillar.

The attack left the woman with post-traumatic concussion and facial injuries.

Another woman, who had been about to leave the pub when she realised trouble had started, had a glass thrown at her face by Hutchinson, who then dragged her around by the hair and pulled her into some tables and chairs.

During the shocking display, Hutchinson punched a man to the floor and kicked him in his hip, which was already sore as he was await a replacement.

The court heard it took “considerable force” by customers to get Hutchinson, who runs a hairdressing business, away from her frightened victims.

Hutchinson, 42, of Natley Avenue, East Boldon, admitted affray, assault and common assault.

Her brother Paul Hutchinson, 46, of Beckenham Avenue, East Boldon, who runs a concrete delivery business, admitted affray in relation to punches thrown by him during the trouble.

One man who suffered injuries during the brawl told police “they were like monsters”.

Other victims spoke of their shock about what happened that night.

Judge Deborah Sherwin told the pair: “This was disgraceful, people were punched, people were kicked, glasses were thrown at people.”

Judge Sherwin sentenced Joanne Hutchinson to nine months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with supervision and 180 hours’ unpaid work.

The judge told her: “It is by the skin of your teeth you have avoided going to prison.”

She was ordered to pay a total of £1,200 in compensation.

Her brother was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months with supervision, 150 hours’ unpaid work and £200 compensation.

Barry Robson, defending Joanne Hutchinson, who employs two people at her salon, said other people’s behaviour was investigated by the police after that night.

Mr Robson said: “He is remorseful with regard to what happened and really is ashamed.”

Gavin Doig, also defending, said Paul Hutchinson suffered injuries during the trouble and is unlikely to ever re-offend.