A DUNFERMLINE man punched another customer in a city centre bar repeatedly after accusing him of staring at him.

David Bailey appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court and was warned that he was at “real risk” of being sent to jail if he continued to offend.

Bailey, 27, of Maitland Street, admitted that on June 11, 2021, at Coady’s, Pilmuir Street, he assaulted a man by punching him on the head repeatedly, to his injury.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said the victim had been in the bar with friends from around 7pm.

Bailey was also there in another group sitting at a different table.

At 10.45pm, Bailey approached the man, “got in his face” and accused him of staring at him, calling him a “bully”.

Bailey then punched the man three times to the face. He was later identified through Facebook having told the man his name after the assault.

Defence solicitor Aime Allan said: “I’ve told him the court will be concerned about what is an apparent pattern of offending. He has no recollection of the events. He hopes this will be his last time he’s in court.”

Sheriff Peter Anderson told Bailey that, given his previous convictions, he was now “at real risk of going to jail” if he offended again.

He imposed a community payback order with 120 hours of unpaid work and 12 months of supervision.

In 2018, Bailey was fined for assaulting a doorman at the same pub.