A Dalgety Bay man has avoided a jail term for a vicious attack on a woman who was found crawling about the floor when police arrived.
The victim suffered a broken ankle and was unable to stand up after the assault by Michael Duncan, Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard.
Duncan, 37, of Skua Drive, Dalgety Bay, previously admitted three offences which happened on March 16.
He assaulted the woman by repeatedly slapping her on the face, seizing her by the throat, pinning her against a wall and pushing her, causing her to strike her head on the wall, and also pushing her on the body, causing her to fall to the ground.
He also assaulted a youth aged 17, and placed him in a head-lock to his injury.
Duncan admitted he shouted, swore, threw a glass, punched a hole in a wall and repeatedly made threats of violence towards the youth.
Depute fiscal Claire Bremner said an argument had broken out between Duncan and the woman.
The victim was upset and crying, while Duncan was screaming, “I’m going to kill you”, the court heard.
The row escalated and the woman was pushed over. The youth, who had been put a head-lock then struck Duncan over the head with a baseball bat.
Duncan punched a hole in the wall and continued to shout and swear.
Police were called and when officers arrived, they found the woman crawling about ans unable to stand up.
She spent several days in hospital having sustained a “complex fracture to her ankle”, added the depute. She required two operations to have a metal plate and screws inserted.
Sheriff Charles MacNair imposed a community payback order with three years of supervision and 300 hours of unpaid work.