A 27-YEAR-old man has been ordered by a judge to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and warned he may go to prison if he fails to comply after admitting an affray which resulted in his then girlfriend sustaining a broken elbow.

The sentencing hearing at Minshull Street Manchester Crown Court today (Monday, June 29) heard that Shane Mills, of Belgrave Road, Oldham, shoved his Delia Johnson to the ground causing the injury. Ms Johnson can now no longer straighten her arm.

Unemployed Mills also tried to snatch a phone receiver from Ms Johnson's son Cameron Boland, inflicting a cut above his eye.

The incident followed a night out playing when the could were playing bingo and drinking 16 pints of of dark root cider, the court was told.

On the way home they began arguing and began pushing and shoving each other, said Rachel Widdicombe, prosecuting.

When Mr Boland tried to calm the situation down to prevent a disturbance to the neighbours, Mills tried to grab the phone him, inflicting the wound to his eye.

It was after that Ms Johnson was pushed to the ground.

Mills and Ms Johnson are no longer a couple.

Judge Mark Savill described Mills' record as "unattractive" but he was not a fighter.

He said Mills would avoid a custodial sentence because he had already been under curfew for six months waiting his sentencing.

Judge Savill sentenced Mills to an 18-month community order, including 40 days' rehabilitation activity and 120 hours of unpaid work.

But he told Mills: "If you do not carry out this work, you will be back before the court and there will be a custodial sentence."