A SHIREBROOK man who punched his victim in the face with a dog chain wrapped around his fist has been spared jail.
The attack took place as Tom Welch walked to shops in the village with his girlfriend and her cousin at 7.15pm on June 13.
Chesterfield magistrates heard that Anthony Adams’ mother made a comment about a previous fall-out involving a sister of Adams.
“They began arguing and Mr Welch looked up and the defendant punched him in the face, knocking him backwards,” said Becky Mahon, prosecuting.
“He said the defendant punched him twice more to the face and it hurt so much it brought tears to his eyes before Shane Burdett got between them and stopped it.”
Mr Welch, who suffered small cuts and bruises to his face, told police Adams (20) had a chain wrapped around his fist.
Adams was arrested and stated that he wanted to talk to Mr Welch about a rumour concerning his sister. A heated row broke out and he struck him in anger.
Adams, of Market Place, Shirebrook, admitted assault. He had previous convictions for violence and dangerous driving.
Presiding magistrate David Summers had warned him he could be locked up but, after hearing a probation service report, the bench imposed an 18-month probation supervision order, including an anger management programme, and 120 hours unpaid work.
Adams must also pay £150 compensation to Mr Welch, of Wood Lane, Shirebrook, with £85 court costs.
“He had not gone looking for Mr Welch. There was an exchange between his mother and Mr Welch regarding threats made to a sister,” said Julie Page, for Adams.
“Mr Adams struck him in the face with a dog lead wrapped around his wrist and hand. The lead wasn’t put there for the purpose of striking the complainant. The dog was with him and off the lead.”
Ms Page said the “cheap” lead broke during the assault and a “stand-off” ensued in which both men tried to hit each other with parts of it before Adams struck his victim twice more.
Mr Welch disputed picking up a piece of the broken lead and provoking any further violence.