A MAN was kicked in the face outside a Dunfermline nightclub and then booted on the body as he lay motionless on the road.

The street fight outside Lourenzo’s was captured on CCTV and shown at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

In the dock were Marcus Hall and Charlie Stanton. They both assaulted the victim, who required hospital treatment after cracking his head on the road.

They were told it was only “a matter of chance” that the injuries they inflicted were not much more serious.

The video showed the victim remaining prone on the road in the aftermath of the assault.

This followed a melee involving around a dozen people, who were pushing, pulling and stumbling around just before 2am.

Hall, 22, of Calaisburn Place, and Stanton, 21, of Ratho Place, both Dunfermline, admitted that on October 21, at St Margaret Street, Dunfermline, they assaulted a man by kicking him on the head and body when he was on the ground.

Depute fiscal Katherine Fraser said the pair had attended a football match in Glasgow and had been drinking throughout the day before going to the nightclub.

The incident took place after Stanton, Hall and the complainer had all been ejected following an altercation on the dance floor.

The depute went on: “There was an exchange of punches, the pair were wrestling. The complainer falls to the ground and as he goes down, Hall kicks him in the face, causing him to fall back on to the road.

“When he’s lying there, Stanton kicks him on the body.”

The victim sustained a split to the back of his head and was taken by ambulance to the Victoria Hospital where the three-inch wound was stitched. He also suffered a chipped tooth in the attack.

When interviewed by police, Hall said he was “devastated” by his actions.

Stanton said he was “sorry” but could not remember what happened.

Sheriff Charles MacNair said: “When someone is knocked down like this and hits their head on a road or kerb, it is a matter of chance whether the injury sustained is minor, major or fatal.”

He imposed a community payback order on Stanton with 175 hours of unpaid work and he was ordered to pay £400 compensation.

Hall was placed on a community payback order with 150 hours of unpaid work. He too was ordered to pay £400 compensation.