A GALASHIELS man who admitted assaulting a man in a local pub has been ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.

Andrew Wood, 41, of Elm Row, pleaded guilty at Selkirk Sheriff Court to punching and kicking the man on the head and body to his injury at Henley's Bar on May 10 last year.

Fiona Hamilton, prosecuting, said the incident started at around 11pm, when Wood was shouting and being aggressive towards the man.

Ms Hamilton said: "He punched him and put him in a headlock. He picked up a plastic wine cooler and struck him to the head which split the cooler."

Defence lawyer Ross Dow said the incident should not have happened and his client had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

Sheriff Donald Corke imposed the unpaid work as an alternative to custody.