A CHRISTENING party turned sour after a guest launched a glass bottle at a fellow reveller because he "refused" the offer of a shot of Sambuca. 

Joel Melia was left with a gash on his forehead and blood dripping down his face and suit as a result of the assault, which had taken place at the hands of Michael Holt on September 26.

Burnley Crown Court heard how a group of revellers had gone to the Thornton Arms in the town to celebrate a Christening, when Holt, of Ridge Row, Burnley, threw a "temper tantrum" and hurled a bottle at his victim’s head.

Prosecuting the case, Stephen Parker explained Mr Melia had initially accepted the invitation of a shot bought by Holt – but declined a second.

It was at this point Holt lost his temper and threw the object towards him, which hit him at close range on his eyebrow.

Mr Melia was driven to Burnley General Hospital by his partner where the cut was cleaned and the skin glued back together.

When arrested, Holt immediately admitted what he had done, claiming he had meant to throw the contents of the bottle over Mr Melia rather than the article itself.

In mitigation for his client, Neil Howard told the court that Holt’s behaviour was "extremely out of character" for him and stressed he had shown significant remorse for what he had done.

Mr Howard said: “This has had a tremendous impact on his partner, she has lost a great many number of friends as a result of this incident.

"She may not be able to go back to a number of weddings or birthdays because of his actions on that night.

“He feels solely responsible for the fact she may have lost friends that she has had for some 15 years.”

Asking for leniency, Mr Howard went on to say that Holt’s partner would struggle to pay the mortgage should he be sent to prison and said he also cared for his 12-year-old daughter.

The court heard how Holt is "hard working and industrious" man who has always held down a good job and supported his family.

A pre-sentence report carried out by the probation service found that he was a ‘low-level’ risk of reoffending again.

Sentencing, Judge Sara Dodd said:  “The CCTV footage we have just seen is a very good reminder of what can happen very quickly when people are intoxicated.

“I have no doubt that you didn’t mean to hurt him in the way you have but you have left him with a permanent scar – all out of a temper tantrum because he wouldn’t take a shot that you had bought for him.

“There is much positive about you and you have a very good employment record. You have significant caring responsibilities for your 12-year-old daughter.”

Holt was jailed for 10 months, suspended for 15, and was ordered to carry-out 100 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay £500 compensation to his victim.

Before allowing him to leave the dock, Judge Dodd issued Holt with a stark warning about not breaching the requirements of his suspended sentence order.