A MAN was the victim of an unprovoked assault after visiting a pub in Alloa.

The victim had just finished work when he went for a late-night drink and was attacked by Darren Stone

The 25-year-old, of Shetland Court, Alloa, admitted that on December 1, 2019, at the Bobbing John, Drysdale Street, he assaulted the man by punching him to the face to his injury.

Last Thursday, at Alloa Sheriff Court, depute fiscal James Moncrieff said the victim worked as a chef and had just finished his shift in a restaurant when he went to the bar.

Already in the pub was Stone whose behaviour was described as "loud, rowdy and confrontational" by others.

After last orders, the man was leaving the bar when he was approached by Stone who wanted to know where he came from and what his job was.

The man continued walking away but was then attacked by Stone who punched him in the eye for no reason.

The victim fell on to a road and Stone stood over him telling him: "Don't bother getting up."

The man then took a knife out from his backpack and this resulted in him being charged separately, the court was told.

Staff found the victim with his face covered in blood and he was taken to hospital for treatment.

Defence solicitor Kelly Howe said her client could not remember the incident because of his level of intoxication.

Sheriff Neil Bowie told Stone: "If you continue to offend in this way, you'll go to jail. This was totally unprovoked and left this man seeking hospital treatment."

He added it was just a matter of fortune the injuries caused were not more serious.

The sheriff imposed a community payback order with 12 months of supervision and 180 hours of unpaid work.