A SHOP worker required hospital treatment after being hit over the head by a violent customer.

Craig Thomson struck the worker with a beer bottle which smashed, leaving the victim with a cut to his head.

Thomson, 23, a prisoner at Glenochil, appeared from custody at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on November 13, at Nisa, Main Street, Lochgelly, he assaulted the shop worker, then acting in the course of his employment, by striking him on the head with a glass bottle to his injury.

Thomson, formerly of Rosyth, was living in Lochgelly at the time. He is currently serving a three-month sentence imposed in January but has now been given extra time behind bars.

Depute fiscal Claire Bremner said that the victim was working in the shop with colleagues on the evening of the incident.

Thomson walked into the shop with two females. He was holding two bottles of beer.

When his friends asked to be sold alcohol, they were refused and Thomson started telling staff to serve them.

He was put out of the shop by the complainer and Thomson retaliated by striking him over the head with one of the bottles he was holding, which smashed on impact.

The victim had to attend hospital to have four staples inserted to the wound.

Thomson left the area but was arrested later that night when police attended another disturbance in Lochgelly.

Defence solicitor Alexander Flett said: “It was not his dispute. It was the others who were refused service and there was then something of an argument.

“The complainer took hold of him and put him out of the shop. He knows he shouldn’t have done what he did.”

Sheriff Charles MacNair jailed Thomson for 10 months but reduced this to six months because of time served on remand. The new term will be served consecutively with his current one.