A boyfriend took the law into his own hands when his partner was insulted on a social networking site.
Nicky Atkins saw red after a work colleague of his partner’s called her a name on Facebook.
He demanded the man who had posted the insult apologise, and when he did not, Atkins threw him over a wall and beat him up.
Atkins, a 36-year-old tradesman, of Manor Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to assault.
He was sentenced to do 150 hours unpaid work for the community, put on 12 months supervision, ordered to pay his victim £75 compensation and pay £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge.
Blackpool magistrates also made him the subject of a 12 months restraining order which bans him from contacting the victim.
Presiding magistrate, Carole Roberts, told him: “It was a serious sustained attack and it was irrational in our view.”
Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said the victim admitted putting a comment on Facebook about Atkins’ girlfriend.
Atkins replied via Facebook that he was her boyfriend and he ordered the victim to apologise on the site and in person to his girlfriend, adding that if he did not, he would ‘need a sick note for a long time.’
Mitch Sarangi, defending, said Atkins’s behaviour was uncharacteristic and he had accepted his guilt.