Tribute song for Damion ends in row

Damion Vernon
Damion Vernon

A row broke out at a New Year get-together as a man sang a tribute song to his missing brother, a court heard.

Aaron Vernon, 35, was singing along to a song by the band Snow Patrol as a tribute to his brother Damion, who has been missing since last year.

East Riding Magistrates’ Court heard how, following the row, Vernon went on to cause criminal damage valued at £500 to a car.

Pleading guilty to the offence, he told the court that the occasion was the first time he’d become emotional over his brother’s disappearance.

He said he had asked to sing the song on his own becasue his brother had been missing for a number of weeks. He said: “I actually broke down in tears. Because I was emotional I was shouting, and the music was loud.”

Vernon said it was at this point that another man at the address “grabbed” him.

“He said I’m not having that and he put me to the floor,” Vernon told the court.

The defendant, of Gypsey Road, Bridlington, pleaded not guilty to two further charges of assault by beating, one against the man who grabbed him, and another against a woman who was at the address.

The Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence on those charges and they were withdrawn. Vernon also told the court he had spent time looking for his brother in the Wakefield area.

District Judge Frederick Rutherford told him: “I appreciate the problems you’ve been having recently.” He was ordered to pay £500 in compensation for the car on which he damaged the windscreen, passenger window and panels. He was also handed a three-year conditional discharge.

Meanwhile, detectives are continuing the search for Damien Vernon who went missing on December 9 last year and was last seen driving to Wakefield.