A woman needed stitches to a wound on her face after she was assaulted at a flat where she had been drinking.
John Michael Anastasi was at a neighbour’s home in Daisy Hill, Dewsbury in the early hours of July 19 and had never met Anna-Marie Mclukie before who was among those present.
She said Anastasi appeared really drunk and was behaving obnoxiously. They were both sitting on a sofa although not next to each other when she told him to “grow up”, Andrew Horton prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court.
That led to an exchange of words between them which ended with her telling him she was just joking because she did not want to aggravate the situation.
Subsequently he got up and stood near an alcove and when she got up to go to the kitchen had to pass by him. She heard him make a remark calling her a “silly bitch” and called him a name. He punched her to the right eye knocking her of her feet. She fell backwards and was not sure if she lost consciousness but was dazed and confused, possibly having hit her head on something as she went down.
Mr Horton said the flat occupant intervened and an ambulance was called. Miss McLukie was taken to Pinderfields but did not wait for treatment because of the delay anticipated, but did later attend hospital in Dewsbury where she received six stiches to the two inch cut on her forehead.
Mr Horton said Anastasi had no previous convictions but had a caution last year following an incident in a club in Huddersfield where he had grabbed a man by the hair.
Michael Devlin representing Anastasi said he had recently spent two weeks under psychiatric care in hospital and had recognised he had issues with anger management and alcohol for which he had had also sought voluntary help.
Anastasi, 27 of Daisy Hill, Dewsbury admitted unlawful wounding and was given a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years with supervision and a six month alcohol treatment programme. He was also ordered to pay £250 costs.