Teenager hit man over the head with a spanner in row at Sunderland garage forecourt

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A TEENAGER hit a man over the head with a spanner in the middle of a garage forecourt.

The 17-year-old, who was almost twice the legal drink-drive limit, launched the attack at a garage in Durham Road, Sunderland, after following the victim there in his car, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Prosecutor Jeanette Smith said the defendant, a takeaway worker, had approached his victim, a student, and his friends, in the city centre and asked them to fight him.

After leaving the scene, the student and his friends drove to the garage where they parked on the forecourt, immediately behind a police car.

The defendant had followed them and attacked the man with a spanner.

Mrs Smith said: “He immediately felt immense pain and put his hand up to his head. When he took it away it was covered in blood and he also had blood on his shirt.”

The defendant pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm and driving with excess alcohol.

The case was adjourned for the youth offending team to prepare about the teenager. He will be back at the court on February 27.