A MAN was left bloodied and battered after being attacked in Inverkeithing.

The victim was punched and kicked as he lay on the ground before two passers-by intervened.

The assailant, Connor McKenzie, then failed to turn up at court.

McKenzie, 21, of Blamey Crescent, Cowdenbeath, has now finally been sentenced at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on May 18, 2017, at High Street, Inverkeithing, he assaulted his victim by punching and kicking him to the head and body, all to his injury.

He also admitted that on October 25, 2018, he failed to appear for a court appearance.

Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia said: “The incident happened at 11.50pm. Two witnesses were travelling in a car in Inverkeithing High Street when they saw a male lying on the ground, while the accused was punching and kicking him.

“They stopped with the intention of intervening but the accused left the area.

“They found the complainer had a large amount of blood on his face and swelling to his eyes. They helped him to his feet and he appeared to be highly-intoxicated.

“He couldn’t say what had happened to him, other than he had been punched. An ambulance was called and the police arrived and found the accused nearby.”

The victim was discharged after being treated at the Victoria Hospital.

Defence solicitor Ian Beatson said the two men had been in the same pub that night and an argument began after they left.

Sheriff Charles MacNair imposed a community payback order with 220 hours of unpaid work.