A father tracked down a man and smashed him with a lump hammer – after he wolf-whistled at his 11-year-old daughter.
Christian Davey, a 40-year-old builder, of Cleator Avenue, North Shore, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon.
But he escaped being sent to prison when he appeared before Blackpool magistrates.
Instead, the court sentenced him to 17 weeks imprisonment suspended for 18 months.
Davey was also put on 18 months court supervision, ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work for the community and pay an £80 victims’ surcharge.
He was told to pay £500 in compensation to his victim.
Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said the incident happened on January 3 at around 2pm.
The victim and two male friends had drunk some strong lager in the rock gardens off Devonshire Road.
As they walked home they saw a blond woman with her back to them who was walking a dog.
The victim wolf-whistled and when the girl turned round he realised that she was young and was frightened.
As the trio got to Knowle Avenue they saw Davey with a lump hammer.
The prosecutor added: “The victim was petrified.
“He thought he was going to be killed.
“He was taken to hospital where he had four stitches in a head wound.”
Davey had a previous conviction for assault causing actual bodily harm in 2008, the court heard.
Allan Cobain, defending, said Davey had a substantial bond with his children.
When he heard his 11-year-old daughter had been extremely frightened and distressed by the men’s behaviour, he went to confront the trio.
The men lived at a hostel on Knowle Avenue.
They had been drinking and some had taken the prescribed heroin substitute methadone.
Mr Cobain said Davey took the hammer to threaten the men and keep them away.
But, he said, one of the men swore at him and the “red mist came down”.