A thug who threatened a nurse after being refused a methadone prescription – before spitting at a police officer and attempting to headbutt another – has been jailed.
Ziggi Christie, 37, had been released from jail only a week earlier for an unrelated matter, Dundee Sheriff Court heard.
The court heard Christie had gone to a chemist on Friday, in the Stobswell area, to get a methadone prescription.
But staff were told he had missed his appointment and would need to go to Tayside Substance Misuse Service in Constitution House on Constitution Road.
Christie was told by a charge nurse in Constitution House that he was banned from the service — at which point he became “aggressive and visibly angry”, the court heard.
He was asked to leave the service with an appointment to be made for him elsewhere – but he refused to get off the premises.
Christie then turned to the charge nurse on shift and said: “I’ll have you,” the court was told.
Police officers were called to assist and, having been put in handcuffs, Christie attempted to headbutt one officer and spat at another, but missed.
Christie, a prisoner at Perth, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards the nurse and assaulting the two officers.
Defence agent David Duncan said his client had suffered from a “significant” alcohol problem for between 16 to 20 years, and “more recently developed a drug difficulty” as well.
Mr Duncan told the court that Christie found it difficult to adjust to life outside of prison – struggling with housing and finances – and as such had often found himself incarcerated days after release from previous custodial sentences.
“He has been in a cycle of offending which has been going on for decades now,” added Mr Duncan.
“He wants to change his pattern of behaviour and deal with his issues.”
Sheriff John Rafferty jailed Christie for eight months.