A thug battered a homeless man in a city centre pub because he dared to stick up for a barmaid.
Martin Robertson, 36, assaulted and injured Frank Greenwood at The Abode bar, on St Andrew’s Street, after shouting at the barmaid when she asked for ID.
Robertson punched Mr Greenwood, 55, so hard that it knocked him to the floor, and then continued to punch him on the face and stamp on his body.
Fiscal depute Joanne Smith told Dundee Sheriff Court that Mr Greenwood – who was living in a homeless hostel at the time – and another friend were in the pub when Robertson entered at around 8pm on December 21.
Ms Smith said: “The accused approached the bar and attempted to purchase alcohol but staff were unsure of the age of the accused’s associate and asked them both for ID.
“The accused became agitated and began shouting at the barmaid and the complainer intervened saying that she was only doing her job.”
Robertson and Mr Greenwood got into an argument. The fiscal added: “The accused struck the complainer on the face and punched his head, knocking the complainer to the floor.
“The accused then repeatedly punched the complainer on the face and stamped on his body.”
The emergency services were contacted and Mr Greenwood was taken to Ninewells Hospital with bruises, swelling and cuts.
Robertson, of Craighead Road, Newport, admitted assaulting Mr Greenwood to his injury.
Solicitor Richard Gray said: “He had consumed a great deal of alcohol. His recollection of the incident is hazy.”
Sheriff Lorna Drummond said: “You have pleaded guilty to assault to injury. This is not a trivial matter.”
Sentence was deferred until February 8 for reports and assessments.