Sunderland dad attacked teenage girl after family funeral

editorial image
Have your say

A DAD kicked and punched a teenage girl in a drunken rage.

Peter Brewer attacked his ex-girlfriend’s sister after losing his temper following a family funeral.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard that the 26-year-old was so drunk that he could not remember the attack, which happened on June 12.

He pleaded guilty to assaulting the 16-year-old at the city court.

Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said the teenager was at her sister’s address in Sunderland when Brewer arrived from attending his uncle’s funeral.
 She said he began slamming doors and shouting, causing his ex-partner to flee the house with their children and her youngster sister.

Mrs Guest said: “He was clearly angry and his ex heard him say ‘it is your fault that he did not get a good send off’.

“She described her younger sister as visibly frightened.”

The court heard that Brewer chased after the sisters and caught up with them in the street.

In a statement read out to the court, the teenager described how Brewer began arguing with his ex, before turning his rage on her.

It said: “He grabbed my hair on the top of my head. He then punched me four times with his right fist.

“I felt immediate pain. I fell down and he kicked my stomach. He kicked me hard in the stomach, then bent down and punched me twice.” Susan Grey, defending, said Brewer, from Hendon, suspected his drinks had been spiked at his uncle’s wake.

She said: “This is completely out of character for him. He is absolutely disgusted and ashamed with his behaviour.

“He has no recollection of the incident at all and he therefore accepts the prosecution case at its highest.

“He lost his father in March of this year and lost his uncle in June. Those two events being so close to each other seem to have tipped him over the 

Mrs Grey added that Brewer, of Grey Road, had punished himself by not visiting his children since the attack, as he felt unable to get in touch with his partner.

Magistrates adjourned the case for pre-sentence reports.