Samuel Clough, 29, downed a bottle of spirits and was found slumped in the street with his daughter before punching a woman who tried to help, court hears
Drunken father who got ‘absolutely paralytic’ by downing a bottle of spirits was found slumped in the street with his daughter before punching a woman who tried to help, court hears.
Samuel Clough, 29, had been at a birthday party and was drinking heavily.
He started to act unpredictably after downing a bottle of spirits and started arguing with his girlfriend.
Both were then asked to leave the party.
Clough ran off with his four-year-old daughter and was later found slumped outside a Tesco Express in Grimsby, Lincolnshire.
A woman who had been at the same party arrived and became worried about the little girl who was stood next to him.
She wanted to take Clough’s daughter away for her safety ‘out of the goodness of her heart’ but the pair ended up in a heated confrontation.
Clough lashed out with ‘obscene force’ and punched her, breaking her nose with a single blow.
Police were called and arrived on the scene shortly after.
Clough, from Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, admitted assaulting the woman and causing actual bodily harm on May 26 last year.
Clough ran off with his four-year-old daughter and was later found slumped outside a Tesco Express in Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Clough had 58 convictions for previous offences and was jailed for a year for the attack
Grimsby Crown Court heard how he had convictions for 58 previous offences, including assault causing actual bodily harm.
Steven Freestone, mitigating, said it was a very unpleasant injury but it was just one blow.
Clough was working and had kept out of trouble since 2015 despite having been to prison previously.
Recorder Gurdial Singh said the injuries were ‘horrific’ and the woman was still suffering because of scarring.
She acted ‘out of the goodness of her heart’ out of concern for Clough’s young daughter and did no more than a responsible adult would do.
Recorder Singh added: ‘You were absolutely paralytic
‘There was absolutely no justification for you to deliver that blow. It was gratuitous. She was a woman.
‘Her only concern was for your daughter. This was a most obscene use of force.’
Clough was jailed for a year for the attack.