Teenage girl sprayed deodorant on her grandmother’s face with Covid-19 inside her Whitley Bay home


A teenager sprayed deodorant on his grandmother’s face with coronavirus and poured apple cider on his grandfather in an unprovoked assault at their home.
Firefighters were called to Brandon Durning’s grandparents’ Whitley Bay home in the wee hours of the morning after he accidentally set his bed sheets on fire when he fell asleep smoking a cigarette.

But, after emergency services extinguished the fire and left the scene, the 19-year-old appeared far from apologizing and went into a rage.

A court heard that Durning had poured cider on the property’s living room walls and floor before also covering his grandfather in alcohol.

However, the violence didn’t end there as Durning turned her attention to her grandmother, who was ill with Covid-19 at the time, and sprayed her face with deodorant.

Police were called and Durning, who now lives in Esplanade, Whitley Bay, was arrested.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating and one of criminal damage and received a community order in North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Prosecutor Rebecca Gibson said Durning was living with her grandparents at the time of the offense on December 1 last year.

He had returned to the property around 10 p.m. with several cases of lager and was asked to go to his room as he was drinking.

Ms Gibson said: “There is a rule in the house that the accused is not allowed to smoke in the house. He has to get out or go to the garage.

“At 1:30 am, the parties had gone to bed. The complainants were awakened by the defendant, who broke into the room saying “call the firefighters” because his room was on fire when he fell asleep with a cigarette. ”

The court heard that Durning’s grandfather tried to put out the flames on Durning’s bed until the fire department arrived and took over.

Once they left, Durning was also asked to leave the property, but he was an exception and lost his temper.

Ms Gibson continued: “He was agitated and spilled a can of cider on the living room walls and floors.

“He was very angry. [The grandfather] tried to take the can of cider but the accused knocked it over. ”

The magistrates heard that the victim had pushed Durning back and he took another can of alcohol and began to pour it on the floor.

Ms Gibson added: “The defendant then takes a box of deodorant and walks over to [his grandmother] and sprayed her face with the deodorant.

“At the time, [the victim] was actually suffering from coronavirus and she was not feeling well. ”

The court heard that the police had been called and Durning, who had 43 offenses on his criminal record, was arrested.

Neither victim sustained physical injuries during the assaults, but they were “degrading and humiliating,” said Gibson.

In a statement, Pendant’s grandfather said, “I think Brandon needs real help. He’s been on different social teams and doctors for years, but no one is really helping him.

“I think that does not give him the right to assault me ​​or cause damage to our home and I hope the courts will take the appropriate action. ”

Annalisa Moscardini, on defense, said Durning’s grandparents adopted him at the age of two and treated him like a son.

She said he now lived far away from them and had access to drug and alcohol services.

The lawyer added, “Brandon has been diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome and has a low IQ. They still love each other and want to be in touch with each other. ”

Magistrates gave Durning a 12-month community order, with a six-month curfew from 10:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., and ordered him to pay compensation of £ 200 and a victim fine surcharge of £ 95.


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