THE organiser of a major fashion firm’s summer staff party ended up being bitten by a drunken employee as he played peacemaker.

Blackburn magistrates heard the victim needed treatment for three months for the bite.

And the court was told his assailant, Calvin Law lost his job at Boohoo as a result of his attack on the Burnley company’s health and safety manager and a police officer.

Law, 44, of Bobbin Mill Close, Todmorden, pleaded guilty to assaulting Nick Davies and assaulting an emergency worker.

He was sentenced to four months in prison suspended for 12 months with 20 days' rehabilitation and 150 hours' unpaid work and ordered to pay £200 compensation.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said Mr Davies had organised and was co-ordinating the event at Towneley Hall in July. There was a pond in the grounds and security staff were charged with making sure no drunken guests went near to it.

“He became aware of a male near to the pond who was being quite volatile and argumentative,” said Miss Allan.

“The defendant was clearly drunk and Mr Davies managed to calm him down and then asked the members of the security team to back off.”

Twenty minutes later he was told the same man was being restrained by three security staff. “He heard the defendant shouting he was going to kill someone with a bald head,” said Miss Allan.

“Mr Davies says he is also bald and he didn’t think Law realised he had stepped into the situation when he bit him.”

Law was taken to the ground and was being restrained by three security guards when police arrived.

As an officer spoke to him he kicked out catching him on the arm. David Leach, defending, said his client had no recollection of the incidents and was disgusted in himself.

He said Law had now lost his job at Boohoo where he had worked for a number of years without any problems.

“A few days before this incident he learned his former partner, the mother of his child, had died and he perhaps wasn’t in the right frame of mind for a party,” said Mr Leach.

“He had consumed far too much alcohol.”

Mr Leach said his client sustained significant injuries between the time when Mr Davies first spoke to him and when he was seen on the floor being restrained by three security men.

Mr Leach said as a result of having lost his job Law was not eligible for benefits for 91 days and was surviving on a weekly parcel from a food bank.

“This incident has had a catastrophic impact on his life,” said Mr Leach.

“He has lost his job, his home is under threat and he is relying on handouts to survive.”