A MAN fractured a guest’s shoulder when violence erupted at a christening party.
Colin Mould, who had downed 12 pints followed by shots of whiskey, punched William Simpson to the ground and kicked him in the face.
The 36-year-old also pushed Mr Simpson’s wife Donna when trouble flared at Ryhope Working Men’s club after the baptism service at Silksworth Methodist Church in Sunderland last December.
Bridie Smurthwaite, prosecuting, told Newcastle Crown Court that Mould had gone outside the social club in the belief Mr Simpson had asked him for a fight.
He attacked Mrs Simpson first by pushing her face, which made her fall, leaving her sore and bruised.
Mould then punched Mr Simpson, who appeared furious that his wife had been attacked, and knocked him to the floor.
Someone then pushed Mould to the floor.
She added: “When he got up he was very angry and accepts he then punched Mr Simpson three to four times in the face, and kicked him twice in the same area, the face.”
Mr Simpson was left in a sling and unable to work in the run up to Christmas last year.
He told police: “I think what this male did to me and my wife was disgusting.
“In particular he was kicking my face while I was on the ground, and there can be no excuse for this kind of attack.”
Mould, of Roselea Avenue, Ryhope, who has more than 50 convictions – including 21 for being drunk and disorderly – admitted assault and common assault.
Recorder Dean Kershaw told him: “The event itself where all this started was meant to be a happy occasion, a time when people really were out celebrating.”
The judge said it would not be satisfactory for Mould to serve just a few months behind bars and then be back out in the community drinking again.
Mould was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with supervision and 100 hours unpaid work.
He was ordered to pay £500 compensation to Mr Simpson and £100 to his wife.
Vic Laffey, mitigating, said Mould has had only one conviction for being drunk and disorderly since he started his job two years ago.
Mr Laffey added: “Everybody had quite a significant amount of alcohol.
“He describes this as a one-off in terms of the level of alcohol he drank.”