AFTER going to investigate a disturbance near his home a St Germans resident was hit in the face and pushed to the ground, a court was told.
Timothy Weale's assailant Darryl Charlick, 30 and of Cuddenbeake Terrace, Quay Road, St Germans, admitted assault by beating when he appeared before Bodmin magistrates on Friday.
Gail Hawkley, for the prosecution, said on October 7 Mr Weale and his wife were in bed at home in Church Street when at about 10pm they heard a commotion outside.
Hearing something thrown, and fearing for his wife's car, Mr Weale looked through the window and said he would tell those responsible to go away. He went outside and Mrs Weale saw Charlick push him and try to hit him.
He was then punched by Charlick, said Mrs Hawkley, and suffered a split lip. A man with Charlick tried to calm him but Charlick pushed Mr Weale to the floor, leaving him with a grazed elbow.
Charlick told police he had been very drunk and couldn't recall the attack but accepted what had been alleged.
Charlick had been cautioned for assaulting his mother on the same night, and also had a previous conviction for drink-driving.
Julian Berg, for the defence, said Charlick had drunk alcohol on top of medication.
It had been a "peculiar incident", as the man with Charlick had later been dealt with by a court for a public order offence committed that night. Charlick, who had tried to calm him down, then turned on Mr Weale but was very remorseful and prepared to pay compensation. Mr Weale had rejected a suggestion that Charlick should receive a conditional caution.
The magistrates conditionally discharged Charlick for 12 months and ordered him to pay £120 in compensation and a £15 victim surcharge.