A man who carried out an attack which left his victim unable to work for four months has escaped an immediate jail sentence after a court was told he was provoked.
Arnas Cirbulus and his victim had both been drinking heavily at their home before the victim began to tease him.
Lincoln Crown Court was told that the victim pushed Cirbulus and slapped him before head butting him.
Cirbulus responded by grabbing hold of a table leg and striking him up to six times.
The victim only moved in to the shared property on the night of the incident and was to have been put up for a few days before moving on.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said “The victim has been unable to sleep normally. He dreams about the incident. He was unable to work afterwards. He lost four months wages.”
Cirbulkus, 29, of Blue Street, Boston, admitted unlawful wounding on February 2, 2013. He was given a 12 month jail sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.
Judge Michael Heath told Cirbulus “You plainly lost your temper as a result of the serious provocation that you suffered.
“This was a sustained attack and you used a weapon but for a number of reasons I can suspend the prison sentence. First of all there was the provocation, then there is your previous good character. There is also your employment. You have been in regular work for some time.”
Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, described Cirbulus as a hard worker whose only previous conviction was for a drink-driving matter.