A teenager who fractured another boy's skull after knocking him unconscious avoided jail today.

Cody Bright, then 16, turned on the 15-year-old in Glasgow's Cathcart on February 22, 2019.

The now 20-year-old lashed out amid a dispute that the victim had spoken about a friend of his.

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Bright - a first offender - pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to the assault to the boy's severe injury.

Sheriff Daniel Kelly ordered Bright, of the city’s Battlefield, to do 225 hours of unpaid work and put him under suspension for two years.

The court earlier heard that the pair had been with other youths in a park.

Prosecutor Mark Allan said: "At about 22.50 Bright and the victim began to argue seemingly because he thought the boy was talking about a friend of his.

"The two boys exchanged punches as they made their way to the main road.

"On reaching the pavement, Bright punched the victim to his face which caused him to fall to the ground and was rendered unconscious."

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Bright fled the scene as a 999 call was made.

The boy was taken to hospital.

He added: "The boy sustained a fracture to the base of his skull as a result of his head hitting the ground after the last single punch."

Fortunately, the boy did not require further treatment.

Callum Ross, defending, told the court: "He had just turned 16 at the time of the offence and since then he has not been involved in any other matters and has nothing outstanding."