A student who had consumed a “huge amount” of alcohol spat on a security guard while he was being ejected from a city centre nightclub.
Samuel Walker, 25, of Hazel Drive, was placed on a community payback order and told to pay his victim £75 compensation when he appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court.
Sheriff John Rafferty told Walker that he would be sent to jail if he breached the orders.
The court heard that Walker attracted the attention of the door stewards at Club Tropicana in South Ward Road on November 4, 2017.
The stewards noticed that he was deliberately bumping into other customers on the dance floor.
Fiscal depute Laura Bruce told the court he was told to leave the dance floor by the stewards — but immediately began running around the club.
Two members of staff pursued him and restrained him with the intention of removing him from the premises, she said.
Walker spat several times towards them, striking Mark Reid directly on the face.
Police were called and Walker was arrested.
Solicitor Anika Jethwa said Walker had consumed “a huge amount of alcohol” and that drink had been a material cause of his offending behaviour.
She said he had sought help from his GP to address his alcohol problem and said he accepted it was a serious matter.
Ms Jethwa added that Walker is currently a student at Perth College adding that he is keen to continue with the course.
Walker had previously admitted the offence of assaulting Mark Reid, a door steward there, by spitting on his head, while he was on a bail order.
Sheriff John Rafferty told Walker that as a direct alternative to a custodial sentence — and only because he had taken steps to address his alcohol problem and was on a college course at Perth — he would impose a community-based disposal.
In addition to the compensation order, Sheriff Rafferty ordered Walker to be under supervision for 16 months with alcohol counselling to be determined by his supervising officer and to undertake 165 hours of unpaid work in seven months. He warned Walker: “If you breach these orders there will likely be no alternative to a custodial sentence.”