A prisoner, who verbally abused a depute fiscal before spitting at her during a court hearing, was jailed at Dundee Sheriff Court.
The court heard Paul Patrick Foy, 26, swore at Susan Ruta, before putting his head back and forcibly spitting towards her at the court on August 1.
Foy admitted assaulting Ms Ruta during the petition hearing before Sheriff George Way, who described his actions as “certainly the most violent outburst” he had witnessed in open court.
Foy further admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear and alarm, while the court was in session, shouting, swearing, making abusive comments towards the depute fiscal, struggling with PC Gwen Louden and G4S custody officers Dean MacDonald and Marian Esposito, and uttering threats of violence towards Mr MacDonald.
The court heard Foy, a prisoner at Perth, had previously served prison sentences for assault and robbery, assault to severe injury and permanent disfigurement and possession of a blade.
Sheriff Drummond jailed Foy for four months and 80 days.