A plasterer knocked a man unconscious with a single punch following a row outside a McDonald’s.
Philip Craig left his victim permanently scarred after hitting him on Aberdeen’s Union Street.
During the incident, which was captured on CCTV, the 31-year-old knocked the man out, causing him to fall to the ground.
The 28-year-old victim was left with a cut to the right side of his mouth which had to be surgically glued – and doctors believe it will leave a permanent scar.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday heard the violent blow came after the victim shoved Craig.
His defence agent John Ferrie said the punch was “merely a reaction to the push”.
Depute fiscal Anna Chisholm, said the victim had been drinking prior to the assault and his only memory was “waking up in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary”.
“Police attended and spoke to the complainer and it was subsequently revealed around 3.30am on July 7 witnesses standing outside McDonald’s on Union Street heard a noise, someone being hit, and turned round to see the accused striking the complainer to the head and the complainer falling to the ground,” she said.
“It appeared to the witnesses the complainer had been knocked out by the punch and subsequently fallen to the ground.”
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Craig, of North Anderson Drive, pled guilty to assault to injury and permanent disfigurement.
Mr Ferrie said: “On the evening in question the video also shows an argument between the accused and the complainer and the complainer shouting at the accused, thereafter pushing the accused.
“The accused reacted by punching him.
“He accepts he was wrong and used too much force.
“He only hit him once.
“It was merely a reaction to the push.”
Sheriff Margaret Hodge ordered Craig to pay a fine of £600.