Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Furniture Sent Flying in Bar-Room Brawl

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Furniture Sent Flying in Bar-Room Brawl

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Byline: Gareth Lightfoot and James Cain news@gazettemedia.co.uk

For a video log on to www.gazettelive.co.uk A BURLY oil rig worker stamped on his own girlfriend by accident after a bar-room brawl erupted in a social club.

Thomas McStravick, 37, hurled a glass, table and a chair and pushed three men across the club in the four-minute melee.

He stamped on the head of one "peacemaker" and stamped on his own partner by mistake, aiming for someone else, Teesside Crown Court heard.

He was the worst offender in a fracas which flared between two pairs of drinkers in the North Ormesby Institute, Ormesby Road, Middlesbrough, on February 8. Sisters Denise Dennison, 51, and Barbara Crutchley, 53, were asked to leave as they were not members of the club.

Dennison "became vocal" and abusive as they left and argued with McStravick and his partner Bonnie McDonald, 36.

McStravick reacted by throwing his beer glass across the room, hitting a DJ's head, said prosecutor Harry Hadfield.

"Punches seemed to begin" when McDonald tried to grab the other women's hair.

Dennison tried to throw a chair at McStravick, but he caught it and threw it back, before throwing a table which hit staff and other customers.

Bar staff tried to separate the warring groups as McDonald ran towards Dennison and they "skirted around" seats.

McStravick barged his way through people and furniture to the struggle.

He appeared to throw a punch and attacked three men who were trying to stop the violence, pushing them away as they held their hands up to defend themselves.

He stamped on a man's face as he was on the floor. He tried to stamp on Dennison, but the blow struck his partner McDonald instead, injuring her leg.

The four, from Middlesbrough, were all in the dock to be sentenced this week.

McStravick and McDonald, of Priestfield Avenue, Park End; and Dennison, of College Road, Brambles Farm, admitted affray while Crutchley, of Millbrook Avenue, Brambles Farm, admitted a lesser charge of disorderly behaviour. …

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