A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder after battering a stranger with a wine bottle and ultimately causing his death.
In the early hours of 15 March, Tony Dodds, 25, broke into a guest house in Whitley Bay.
After trying to enter the rooms of other tenants in the guest house on North Parade, Dodds of Hillheads Road in Whitley Bay managed to enter the room of Matthew Davis, 39.
A vicious assault then took place in which vulnerable Mr Davis was kicked, punched and repeatedly struck over the head with a wine bottle.
Matthew's body was found two days later and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dodds was charged with murder and has pleaded guilty to causing Mr Davis' death. He will serve a minimum term of 15 years.