An aircraft engineer suffered a broken jaw and teeth in a vicious gang attack in Leyland.
Father-to-be Jack Bullock has been spared jail after admitting his part in the street attack on Paul Randall.
Preston Crown Court heard Mr Randall had been out drinking in pubs in the town and had seen Bullock’s girlfriend, who he recognised.
But when Mr Randall said ‘hello’ to Bullock’s girlfriend later in the evening, he was punched to the floor and kicked and punched by a group of youths, who shouted KYD – a reference to a local gang.
Mr Randall called the police and went to Royal Preston Hospital where he was treated for a fractured jaw, cuts and bruises and broken teeth.
The court heard he is anxious about going out at night and had to turn down an opportunity to work abroad as a result of his injuries, which would have led to an increase in his salary.
Bullock, of Sycamore Drive, Penwortham, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) admitting he punched Mr Randall twice during the attack.
The court heard Bullock is now in full time employment, working as a highways operative and has the support of his family.
His girlfriend is expecting a baby and the couple plan to set up home, the court heard.
Judge Michael Byrne, sentencing, said: “The defendant is 20 years old with no previous convictions and yet again and I regret to say, time after time after time this court is confronted with the infliction of violence after people have been drinking late at night.
“It is a fact that our community looks towards the court to keep the streets safe for people to go about their lawful business late at night and not be subjected to groups of people whose behaviour and inhibitions are discarded simply because alcohol has been taken.”
He handed Bullock a 40 week jail sentence, suspended for two years and ordered him to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.
He also ordered Bullock to pay his victim £1,500 compensation and £500 court costs.
Judge Byrne said: “I don’t see why the taxpayer should bear the full cost of the proceedings brought upon by your conduct that night.”