A grandfather immediately telephoned the police and confessed when he attacked his wife.
Derek Kelly had grabbed his wife’s face during an argument and scratched her on both cheeks.
Kelly, a 53-year-old fork-lift truck driver, of Hunter Road, Freckleton, pleaded guilty to assault.
He was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £150 court charge with £85 costs plus £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.
Presiding magistrate, Roger Wightman, said the bench had stepped outside its usual sentencing guidelines as there was no previous domestic violence history, Kelly had contacted the police himself and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said Kelly came back from a local pub on July 17 about 8pm.
He had been drinking and he and his wife then argued about their daughter.
Kelly went up to his wife, who was sitting in the lounge. Without provocation he grabbed her face with one hand.
His nails were long and he left scratch marks on both her cheeks.
Kelly told police that during the argument his wife had put her face up to his, so he took hold of her face and pushed it away.
Malcolm Cartwright, defending, said the couple had been married for 14 years, they had three grown-up children, and they had every intention of staying together.
Kelly was upset that night because he felt his three-year-old grandaughter had not been controlled properly in a pub and he was worried about the child going onto a busy road nearby.
Mr Cartwright added: “This is an unusual case as he did phone the police immediately and told them what he had done.
“After being at the police station, he returned home and they continued living together.”