Attacking his girlfriend after she slapped him around the face to wake him up landed a man with a 12 month community order.
Carl Trubshaw, 28, of Dexter Avenue, Grantham, was drinking with his partner on July 24. He admitted assault by beating.
Daniel Paulson, prosecuting, said that the victim tried to wake him at around 2.30am to see if he was alright, as he had been sick.
He said: “She tapped him on the face but there was no reaction so she tapped him harder. He began to slap and punch her around the face.”
The victim left the room with their child in her arms. She was left with a cut and a swollen lip.
Trubshaw told his partner that she should not have woken him in that way because he startles easily.
Giles Tyas, defending, said: “He was intoxicated and was woken up by a slap round the face.”
Trubshaw, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, apologised to his girlfriend during the first court hearing. Since the incident he had stopped drinking alcohol and had arranged to see a psychiatrist.
Magistrate Richard Spinks, sentencing Trubshaw to a 12 month community order with supervision, said: “We believe that you need as much help as possible.”
He also ordered him to pay £40 towards costs.