A Clitheroe partygoer became aggressive after drinking too much.
Blackburn magistrates heard that Calderstones worker Iain Warburton was spoiling for a fight and eventually lashed out, hitting a female guest on the chest.
Warburton (33), of Littlemoor Road, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to assaulting Danielle Ruane. He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 in compensation and £100 towards costs.
Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said that Warburton had been drinking heavily and became louder and more aggressive as the night went on. “He was swearing at people and tension was rising. It appeared he wanted some kind of violence and threatened a man called Carl and another man,” said Miss Allan.
She said Warburton had punched Miss Ruane full force in the chest and she was left shocked by the incident.
Mrs Colleen Dickinson -Jones (defending) said Warburton was a family man who worked at Calderstones Hospital, Whalley, caring for people with learning difficulties, and ran marathons for charity.
“There was no deliberate or malicious intent towards this young lady,” said Mrs Dickinson-Jones.
“He accepts he was being verbally aggressive and four people had him pinned against the back yard wall. One of his arms came free and he lashed out.”