High jinx with barbecue sauce in a Clitheroe fast food restaurant ended with a man being knocked unconscious.
Blackburn magistrates heard the “smack” on the back of the head administered by James Vincent Scriven was only meant to smear Luke Jackson with sauce.
But his head banged against the counter, knocking him unconscious and raising serious concerns for his wellbeing.
Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said Mr Jackson accepted he was drunk and had little recollection of the incident. His only memory was waking up on a stretcher.
“He suffered a deep cut above his eyebrow and was unconscious for several minutes,” said Miss Allan.
When he was interviewed, Scriven accepted he had “smacked” Mr Jackson, but said he had not realised the force of the smack.
Mr Jonathan Taylor (defending) said everyone concerned had been drinking heavily and his client and Mr Jackson knew each other.
“Witnesses say there was some throwing of barbecue sauce and then my client pushed Mr Jackson towards the counter,” said Mr Taylor.
“My client says he went to hit Mr Jackson on the back of the head with a sauce sachet. He wasn’t expecting it and has gone forward and hit the counter.
“My client is genuinely sorry. There was nothing malicious, although my client accepts it was foolish and reckless. It was a game that has gone wrong,” said Mr Taylor. “
Scriven (24), of St Denys Croft, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to assaulting Luke Jackson causing him actual bodily harm. He was committed on bail to Preston Crown Court for sentence.