A MAN suffered a broken jaw and cheekbone after a bottle was thrown at him by a former school pal.

Trouble broke out in a Rosyth street after a group of friends had been drinking and watching a boxing match on TV.

During the altercation, a bottle was thrown at a man who later collapsed at his home and his family feared he had stopped breathing.

In the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court was Graham Susans, 32, of Tyrwhitt Place, Rosyth.

He admitted that on February 17 last year, at Sherbrooke Road, Rosyth, he culpably and recklessly threw a glass bottle which struck the complainer to his severe injury.

Depute fiscal Claire Bremner said a group of friends had been in a house watching televised boxing.

An argument began between Susans and the complainer about a previous assault involving someone else.

At around 11.40pm, the group decided to leave the house and walk to a local nightclub.

Susans’ brother turned up and became involved in a scuffle with the victim, who was then struck in the face with a bottle thrown by Graham Susans.

The police attended and took the complainer home, where he became unconscious, with family members giving him CPR.

An ambulance was called as he appeared not to be breathing.

He was taken to the Victoria Hospital with his head injury but an X-ray found no fractures.

However, after going to a dentist to have a tooth looked at, an X-ray showed he had fractures to his jaw and cheekbone. He then underwent surgery to have metal plates inserted.

Defence solicitor Alexander Flett said: “He bitterly regrets what took place. He’s lost a lifelong friend at the moment at least. He hopes they can go back to being friends again.

“It appears that everybody who had been watching the boxing in the house had far too much to drink.”

Sheriff Charles MacNair imposed a community payback order with 225 hours of unpaid work. Susans was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation.

The sheriff told Susans: “If you throw a bottle in a drunken state and hit somebody then you have to take the consequences.”