A thug left a man with special needs in hospital following a savage beating at Kirkcaldy Bus Station.
John Arnott appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to repeatedly striking Peter Menellis on the head and body with a hockey stick.
The 34-year-old also delivered multiple kicks to the head of his 25-year-old victim who lay curled up in a ball on the floor during the September 30 attack.
Arnott also admitted acting in a threatening and abusive manner at Wemyssfield Service Station on the same date.
The court heard how Menellis had been at a memorial for tragic Kirkcaldy teen Libbi Toledo shortly before the attack.
Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said: “The witness had been at an organised memorial for a friend who had recently passed away.
“The memorial was comprised of around 30 youths who had consumed alcohol and had been moving from various locations.
“The witness and his friend were making their way to the bus station when they became aware of a male person becoming aggressive to them and their group.
“They got the impression that the accused was looking for a fight.
“Whilst walking into the bus station, Mr Menellis observed a broken hockey stick in the bushes. He thought it was dangerous so picked it up and put it down his trousers.”
Miss Yousaf told the court Mr Menellis went on to speak to the accused and told him it was “unacceptable for him to be offensive to the girls in the group”.
The two men then went around the corner to have a discussion and the accused launched himself towards Mr Menellis.
The victim took the hockey stick out of his trousers and swung it at Arnott but missed.
The accused then grabbed the stick and began beating Mr Menellis on the head and body.
Witnesses saw at least three kicks being delivered to the victim’s head as he shouted for help.
The court was told Arnott was traced by police a short time later and was seen to have blood on his hands and clothes.
The brute then began threatening the officers and told them he would “smash a glass chandelier” on them.
The victim suffered a fracture on his right hand as well as several lacerations to his face and head which have resulted in permanent scarring.
Father-of-five Arnott, was allowed to remain on bail after his defence solicitor argued that he had fully complied with the court process so far.
He added that his client had been at a house party where he got drunk and said he was unable to remember anything from that evening apart from being arrested.
Sentence was deferred for reports but Sheriff James Williamson warned Arnott he was facing a spell in prison.