Kirkcaldy street assault victim sustained fractured skull


A man sustained a fractured skull in a violent street assault in Kirkcaldy.

Anthony Coull got out of a car and attacked the victim who was left unconscious with blood coming from his ear when paramedics arrived.

Coull (24), of Fordell Road, Glenrothes, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court where he was warned he was facing a jail sentence.

He admitted that on 31st October last year at Hill Street, Kirkcaldy, he assaulted the man, by punching him on the head, knocking him to the ground, causing him to strike his head on the pavement and rendering him unconscious, to his severe injury.

Depute fiscal Claire Bremner said, “On the afternoon of 31st October the complainer was walking in Hill Street with some acquaintances. They saw the accused exiting a car and approaching the complainer.”

He punched him once on the head. The victim fell and hit his head on the pavement and lost consciousness.

Coull then got back in his car and one of the witnesses took a note of the registration number.

An ambulance arrived and the victim was found to have a significant head injury and there was blood coming from his right ear.

He was taken to the Victoria Hospital where he remained for two days. He was found to have a fractured skull and still suffers from hearing loss, added the depute.

Defence solicitor Euan Roy said his client was in full-time employment as a roofer.

Sheriff Charles MacNair said, “This is a serious offence having regard to the injury suffered by the complainer.”

He added, “You have a bad record of violence going back for many years.”

The sheriff deferred sentence for reports and allowed bail but warned Coull he could be facing a jail sentence when he returns to court on 19th September.

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