A teenager sprayed deodorant in the face of his gran who had been diagnosed with Covid in an unprovoked attack in their home.
Brandon Durning, 19, fell asleep smoking a cigarette and accidentally set his bedsheets alight at his grandparents' house in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear.
Firefighters were called to distinguish the blaze but instead of apologising, Brandon flew into a fit of rage and assaulted his nan and granddad.
North Tyneside Magistrates' Court heard Durning sprayed his unwell grandmother, who had Covid at the time, in the face with deodorant.
He then poured cider all over the walls and floor of the sitting room before covering his granddad in booze, ChronicleLive reports.
Prosecutor, Rebecca Gibson, said Durning was living with his grandparents at the time of the offence on December 1 2020.
Prior to the fire, Durning had arrived home carrying several crates of lager and was asked to go to his bedroom as he'd been drinking.
At 1.30am, he woke his grandparents asking them to "get the fire brigade" as his bedroom was on fire and he’d fallen asleep with a cigarette.
His grandfather attempted to put out the flames on Durning's bed until fire crews arrived and took over.
Once the fire services left, Durning was asked to leave the property but took exception and lost his temper.
Mrs Gibson said: "He was agitated and tipped a can of cider all over the walls and floors of the sitting room.
"He was very angry. The grandfather attempted to take the can of cider but the defendant tipped it over him."
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It was then Durning picked up a can of deodorant and sprayed his grandmother in the face, Mrs Gibson said.
She told the court: "At the time, the victim was actually suffering from coronavirus and she was unwell with it."
"Neither victim suffered any physical injuries during the assaults but they were degrading and humiliating."
Durning pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating and one of criminal damage and was given a community order on Thursday, January 7.
Defending, Annalisa Moscardini, said Durning's grandparents had adopted him when he was two years old and treated him like a son.
The solicitor said: "Brandon has been diagnosed with foetal alcohol syndrome and has a low IQ. They all still love each other and want to be in contact with each other."
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