Offshore engineer 'threw punches and pushed woman over table' in Yarm Tomahawk Steakhouse brawl

An offshore engineer was seen throwing punches and pushing a woman over a table after a brawl broke out at a popular steakhouse.

Guisborough's Isaac Howard was out drinking in Yarm on May 1, 2022, when a fight broke out at Tomahawk Steakhouse. Teesside Crown Court heard the disorder was captured on CCTV.

Prosecuting the case, Rachel Masters said the defendant was "aggressive" and even attacked door staff. She said: "This defendant developed a fighting stance and became involved pushing a male. He continued with his violent conduct until door staff arrived on the scene.

"He can be seen on footage throwing a punch towards someone in a gilet after door staff tried to calm him down. He remained aggressive and pushed a female over a table."

The court heard the defendant was arrested but wasn't interviewed until November 2022. He told police he had little recollection of the incident and didn't know what happened.

Ms Masters said the 20-year-old later pleaded guilty to affray on the basis that he thought his friend was being attacked and said he began pushing people away initially in defence of his fellow drinker. He said: "I accept my actions at this time went above defending.

"I also accept that I pushed a female who I do not know who was trying to calm me. I then left the club."

The court heard at the time of the affray the defendant had no previous convictions but has since been convicted of common assault. In mitigation, his barrister Darren Brown, said he has gained employment as an offshore engineer at a windfarm.

Sentencing, Recorder Ayesha Smart said: "I've seen the footage, you should not behave in that way, you were shoving people throwing punches and pushed a woman onto a table. When a member of door staff tried to intervene you punched him. "

The Spring Lodge Gardens defendant was handed a 12-month community order requiring him to complete 15 rehabilitation days and 100 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge and £300 court costs.