A British man beat himself up with a boulder to have a day off work.

Steven Reid, 23, initially claimed he was assaulted on his way to work but later told friends he faked the attack because he was too lazy to spend a day in the office.

The 23 year old admitted to wasting police time.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard how the now unemployed man cut his face with a razor and beat his and body with a rock.

After injuring himself, Reid told police he had been assaulted by two men.

During an interview with officers, Reid admitted faking the incident. He was fined $165.