Shop assistant headbutted for refusing to sell vodka to banned man

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A SUNDERLAND man headbutted a shop assistant who refused to serve him vodka.

Wayne McCormick knew he was banned from the store but still tried to buy drink from it, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard.

Paul Anderson, prosecuting, said victim Florgert Muca was working in the Newsline shop in St Mark’s Road when McCormick walked in and asked for vodka.

Mr Anderson said: “There is a history and McCormick knew he was unlikely to be served.

“He was told by Mr Muca he could not have the drink, and he responded by headbutting Mr Muca.”

McCormick, 45, of Offerton Street, Pallion, admitted assault by beating on June 17.

Angus Westgarth, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr McCormick believed unpleasant remarks were being made about him.

“He knows that’s no excuse, and he is now sorry for what he has done.

“Mr McCormick has mental health problems. He has been treated at Cherry Knowle hospital.

“He is now much calmer, and hopes to get his life back on track.”

McCormick was sentenced to an 18-month supervision order, and a curfew of three months.