A man repeatedly punched another man causing him to require 10 stitches to his eye.

Sean Ian Taylor assaulted the man at Ayr Railway Station on November 11 of last year.

Taylor, 27, of Anderson Avenue in Mauchline, appeared at Ayr Sheriff Court last week and pled guilty to one charge of assault to severe injury.

Procurator Fiscal Jason Bell told the court that the complainer and witnesses boarded a train in Glasgow at 11pm when they became aware of Taylor and friends.

As they approached Ayr, Taylor said to the complainer and his friends: “Where have you been dressed like that? Look at the state of you.”

Taylor approached the complainer, punching him and striking him to the left eye.

One friend tried to step in and Taylor told him: “You’re getting it next.”

One of Taylor’s friends then said: “You better run.”

The man Taylor assaulted made his way into the station and was, said the fiscal, “in a state of shock”.

Staff assisted the man and noted he had an injury to his eye. An ambulance was called, and he was taken to hospital.

The victim was given 10 stitches below his left eye. Police were contacted, and they examined CCTV which had captured the incident.

Taylor, on hearing that police were looking for the person responsible for the incident , presented himself to officers around six weeks later.

Solicitor Callum Hiller said that his client claimed he had retaliated after being verbally abused himself. Mr Hiller said: “He has no previous convictions. There was alcohol involved . He is embarrassed.”

Sheriff Mhairi McTaggart said she hoped this would be isolated, adding: “The impression I get is the red mist came down.”

She ordered Taylor to pay compensation to the victim of £750.