A vigilante smacked another man with a golf club, believing his victim had been trying to break into his Dundee home.
Dundee Sheriff Court was told William Miller, 31, assaulted Darren Coughlin with the club shortly after he saw the handle of his front door moving.
Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told the court it was around midnight when Miller became aware of someone trying to get into his flat on Polepark Road and went outside to investigate.
He found Mr Coughlin in the rear drying area of the flats and told him to leave, before phoning police.
Ms Robertson said: “Mr Coughlin then entered the close area of a block of flats on Fyffe Street. Shortly after, a witness within the close saw Miller walk in the front communal door with a golf club.
“Miller told the witness: ‘Someone’s been trying the door handles. I saw him run in here, I’m away to get him’.
“Mr Coughlin was traced a short time later by two passersby, on Fyffe Street.
“He appeared to be injured, confused and under the influence of drugs. They, too, called police.”
During police interview Mr Coughlin who has a string of previous convictions for dishonesty, including theft by housebreaking admitted he had been trying the door handles of properties.
He said he had then been struck with a golf club by an unknown individual.
Miller, now of Tullideph Street, told police during his interview that, after seeing Mr Coughlin the first time, he went to check his car was locked, taking a golf club with him. He said Mr Coughlin then approached him aggressively, so he hit him twice with the golf club.
Solicitor Anika Jethwa, defending, said Miller’s wife and children were within the home sleeping at the time of the offence, and his actions were in a bid to protect his home.
Ms Jethwa added: “He knows what he did was wrong and that he should have left matters to the police.”
Addressing Miller, Sheriff Alastair Brown said: “You were wrong to arm yourself with a golf club and confront him. Nevertheless you acted under instinct to protect your family.
“The court does not accept vigilante behaviour, and householders can be severely punished for this. However, in all the circumstances I am prepared to admonish you.”