A man injured a former friend by poking him in the eye with a metal coat hanger in a row over a girl.
Shaun Wright, 24, had earlier brandished a claw hammer at Nicky Carson because of insulting Facebook messages and texts he had allegedly posted, a court heard yesterday.
Wright, of Mayfield Drive, Armadale, pleaded guilty to breach of the peace and assault during the two incidents on November 16 and 23 last year.
His partner had been an ex-girlfriend of Mr Carson.
Prosecuting, Lindsey Armstrong told how the accused had held the hammer above his head in the street outside Mr Carson’s home, gesturing at him before walking away.
In the second incident, the two met at the Nutrition 2 Fitness gym in Whitburn where they trained.
As they walked through the gym shop on the way out, she said Wright approached Mr Carson holding a mobile phone in his hand and shouted: “You think this is funny?”
“They began to struggle and fight with each other, during the course of which they knocked coat hangers off the wall,” said Ms Armstrong.
“During the struggle, the accused struck the complainer with a metal hanger to the eye.”
She produced photographs and a medical record showing a 15mm cut and a puncture wound to Mr Carson’s eye.
Alan Jackson, defending, said his client’s then girlfriend had been the victim of an alleged assault prior to the incidents. Her car had been damaged and she had been sent Facebook and text messages.
He said: “She had been scared to go out and Mr Wright was experiencing some of the distress she was having.
“He went to talk to Mr Carson, with whom he’d previously been close friends.
“Mr Carson has a not insignificant record and he [Wright] had taken the claw hammer to stop anything happening.”
Sheriff Ian Anderson sentenced Wright to 90 hours of unpaid work under a community payback order.