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

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

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

He admitted previously that on October 2, in his street, he assaulted his victim 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 complainer), 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 claimed that when he confronted his neighbour about this he was told to “f*** off”.

Sheriff Alastair Brown imposed a community payback order with 100 hours of unpaid work.