Unmasked on Facebook: He broke finger punching man & lied to get money

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He punched a man and broke his finger, then boasted about it on Facebook.

But Kyle Denton, 27, thought he could profit further. So he tried to sue his local council instead to get a payout.

The West Yorkshire resident made up a story that his injuries were caused when he fell into a pothole they had failed to repair.

He even met staff from from Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire, to show them the exact spot where he had allegedly fallen.

He also took photos of his broken finger, which was stitched up.

But staff became suspicious and traced the victim, who confirmed he had been hit by Denton.

Lies, all lies

Denton was sentenced this week to 100 hours of unpaid community work, Mail Online reported.

He must also pay £250 (S$526) costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

The thug had only himself to blame: His story fell apart when it emerged he had posted a picture of his finger on Facebook and boasted that he damaged it "cracking someone".

He had even submitted a personal injury claim in November 2012.

But the council did not pay out any money as the "claim was at an early stage", prosecutor Angus MacDonald said.

Denton admitted fraud, dropped the allegation and his solicitor said he would no longer be taking action against the council.

Sources: Express, Mail Online