A van driver who knocked down a former work colleague in a hit and run after being assaulted by him has walked free from court.
Scott Brennan admitted knocking down Blair Matthews outside his home but claimed it was an accident.
Mr Matthews admitted punching Mr Brennan before he was knocked down by his van, sustaining a broken neck.
The feuding pair had once worked together but there was bad blood between them going back years, the Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard.
Mr Brennan said when he realised he had struck Mr Matthew he “panicked” and drove off.
Mr Matthews said he remains in constant pain from his injuries and has lost his home and business as a result of not being able to work.
On trial before a jury at Dunfermline Sheriff Court was Mr Brennan, 33, of Wallsgreen Gardens, Cardenden.
He denied that September 27 at Oliphant Way, Kirkcaldy, he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by threatening to set fire to the home of Blair Matthews, threatening to run him over and threatening to kill him.
He also denied that on the same day he assaulted Mr Matthews by driving a motor van at him, striking him with the vehicle whereby he was knocked to the ground, all to his severe injury.
The jury delivered not guilty verdicts on both charges.