A MAN stabbed his nephew in the backside after he refused to help him settle a dispute with a person he had thrown out of a party.

Bolton Crown Court heard how a party had been held at Christopher Devlin's home in Glynn Street, Farnworth, to celebrate his daughter's graduation on July 11 last year.

Steven Swift, prosecuting, told how large amounts of drink were consumed and Devlin, a 52-year-old builder, got into an argument with Aaron Morris, who was told to leave.

"Over the next few days there were texts exchanged between the defendant, Mr Morris and other family members of a threatening nature," said Mr Swift.

Two days after the party Devlin's nephew, Matthew Brooks was released from prison and, on July 14, Devlin picked him up in his van.

"The defendant was seeking to persuade Mr Brooks to become involved in the argument with Mr Morris," said Mr Swift.

"As they drove together in the van, Mr Brooks told the defendant he wasn't interested in getting involved.

"At that point the defendant lost his temper."

As Mr Brooks tried to get out of the van Devlin grabbed a knife and stabbed the victim in the right buttock and right forearm.

The wounds were cleaned an sutured in hospital.

John Richards, defending, said Devlin regularly drinks to excess and, on the day of the attack, it was the anniversary of his wife's death.

Devlin, who pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, had been remanded in custody since March 7 and Mr Richards said he wants help for his alcohol problems.

Judge Graeme Smith sentenced Devlin to 18 months in prison, suspended for a year.

He will also be electronically tagged and subject to a 9pm to 7am curfew for two months and must participate in 20 days of rehabilitation activities.