The court heard how a 24-year-old punched a policeman that was breaking up a fight between his girlfriend and another woman.
Luke Sheehan of Lindrick Close, Grantham pleaded guilty to assaulting a police constable in the Market Place on November 29.
It was around 3.15am when two police officers in a marked police vehicle spotted two women fighting outside Faces nightclub.
The taller female had hold of the shorter female’s hair, and the police decided to intervene with one officer taking hold of the taller woman’s wrist and leading her away.
However at that moment Sheehan came over and shouted: “Get off my girlfriend” before throwing a punch at the police constable’s jaw, hitting his chin and causing pain.
The policeman was then joined by other officers and they were able to restrain and arrest Sheehan.
Sheehan quickly apologised and said: “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it.” In his client’s defence, Bill Fraser asked for credit for this apology and the early guilty plea, and said that it was not Sheehan’s intention to strike.
He added that the defendant had been drinking and that it was totally out of character.
The magistrates stressed the seriousness of any assault on a public servant and ordered that Sheehan pay £100 in compensation to the constable.
This is on top of a £200 fine, a £20 victim surcharge, and £85 in prosecution costs.