A DISPUTE over an unpaid debt led to a vicious assault.

The victim was headbutted and repeatedly punched in an assault in Cowdenbeath High Street sustaining severe injuries and permanent disfigurement.

Jordan Henderson, 24, of Allan Park, Hill of Beath, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He previously admitted that on September 23 last year he assaulted a man, threatened him with violence, repeatedly punched him on the head and body, headbutted him, all to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

Depute fiscal Claire Bremner said there had been bad feeling over £20 which was owed by the victim to his former friend Henderson.

At 2.30am the pair and others met by chance which led to the assault.

“Where the **** is my £20? You’re getting it,” said Henderson before punching the victim who was sitting in a car at the time.

Henderson repeatedly punched then headbutted the man, who was later taken to hospital with a deep cut over his eye. The incident was caught on CCTV.

Defence solicitor James Moncrieff said: “They had been friends previously. The £20 was given as a loan and not paid back.”

He added his client had been drinking heavily before the assault.

Sheriff Craig McSherry imposed a community payback order with 180 hours of unpaid work and also ordered Henderson to pay the victim £600 compensation.