A MAN has walked free from court after he stormed out of his home wielding a baseball bat and hit a teenager.
Preston Crown Court heard how Paul Kirby armed himself after trouble flared outside his Kirkham home.
The court was told Kirby was responding to a call for help after his partner was subjected to verbal and physical abuse and also pushed by a teenager.
Martine Snowdon, prosecuting, said it was around the end of May last year when a young man had been arguing with some females in the road where the defendant lives.
The defendant’s partner came out and a heated exchange followed.
She shouted for her partner to come outside.
The prosecution said Kirby, 40, came out with the baseball bat and was swinging it around.
It made some contact with a young man’s head, Ms Snowdon said.
Virginia Hayton, defending, said Kirby had gone to bed when his partner received a phone call about a female trying to get back to her home.
It seemed that female was very distraught and saying one of her group had been indecently assaulted by one of a group of three older males.
Kirby’s partner was asked to help the females.
Miss Hayton said: “She went and tried to get the girls away from the three, but was verbally abused by one of them.
“There was a physical confrontation and the males were verbally and physically aggressive towards her.
“She shouted to her partner, the defendant, who had been totally unaware that anything had been going on.
“He ran outside, having picked up the baseball bat from under the stairs.
“He was confronted by a male – 19 or 20 years old – pushing his partner.
“He did catch somebody, but it wasn’t deliberate.”
Kirby of Porter Street East, Kirkham, was given eight months prison, suspended for two years, with two years supervision after admitting possession of an offensive weapon.
He was also placed under a 13-week curfew to run from 9.30pm to 6am each day.