AN INVERKEITHING man was captured on CCTV running towards a neighbour and punching him to the ground.

The assailant, John Goodman, claims he reacted after seeing drugs being sold in the street outside his home.

Goodman, 52, of Manse Road, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on October 2 in his street he assaulted a man by punching him on the head, causing him to fall to the ground to his injury.

Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia said the man was standing on the pavement when he was “punched from the side by the accused”.

He added: “It was unprovoked and he was knocked to the ground.

"The accused then returned home and the complainer contacted the police.

"CCTV on a neighbour’s house captured the incident and shows the accused running at the victim, punching him and knocking him to the ground.”

Defence solicitor Russel McPhate said the background was his client believed drugs were being sold in the street outside his home.

He added that his client claims that when he confronted his neighbour about this he was told to “f*** off”.

“He wouldn’t normally act in this matter,” said Mr McPhate.

Sheriff James MacDonald called for reports and Goodman will be sentenced on November 23.