Three offenders set upon one man and kicked him when he was down to leave him lying injured in Falkirk town centre.
Ringleader Brian Dornion (22) was captured on CCTV in the early hours of the morning as he laid into the man with his pals, Stuart Newell (22) and Andrew Kenny (21), in Melville Street.
Dornion, Newell and Kenny appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday, having pled guilty to the assault they committed on September 13 last year.
It was stated the victim and a friend had left a pub and walked to the end of the street.
They were followed by the three accused and a scuffle broke out. The complainer was punched to the head and body and knocked to the ground. Newell, 12 Clydesdale Street, Bo’ness, then kicked the man on the head when he was lying helpless.
Police had been monitoring the incident on the CCTV and officers were on the scene quickly to arrest the trio. The victim was taken to hospital and required two stitches to a wound on his upper lip.
Martin Morrow, Newell’s defence solicitor, said: “It seems there was an argument. My client came into this a little later when the man had fallen to the ground. There is genuine remorse on his part for being involved in this matter.
“He has a low IQ and learning difficulties.”
Sheriff Craig Caldwell said: “Mr Newell, you kicked someone to the head when he was lying on the ground and that is extremely serious.
Newell received a six-month supervised community payback order and was told to complete 120 hours unpaid work, while Dornion, 91a Main Street, Bainsford, was given a six-month supervised community payback order and told to complete 150 hours of work.
Kenny, 37 Hayfield, Falkirk, was admonished.