A man spat at a police officer and threatened to throw urine over a nurse after a drinking binge on Shetland.
Stephen Whitehead, from Hartlepool, was yesterday hit with a £1,000 compensation bill, placed under supervision for 14 months and given 220 hours of unpaid work to complete.
The 32 year old previously pled guilty to assaulting, obstructing or hindering an ambulance paramedic and assaulting a police officer by spitting at and striking her on the body, all on Lerwick’s South Road on May 6.
He also admitted breaching the peace at the Gilbert Bain Hospital by shouting, swearing and uttering threats.
Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told Lerwick Sheriff Court yesterday that Whitehead was found drunkenly sleeping outside his hotel in the early hours of the morning by concerned staff.
Police were called and an ambulance later took the joiner to hospital, but Whitehead’s behaviour then turned “disgusting”.
He spat at a paramedic and police officer before threatening to throw urine over a nurse.
In the A&E department Whitehead shocked “anxious” onlookers with a “tirade of meaningless swear words”, Mr Mackenzie said.
Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client had struggled with being so far away from home due to his employment and was drinking with colleagues.
However, he was “unfamiliar with the work of Buckfast” and got drunker than he expected to after imbibing the tonic wine.
Whitehead was “thoroughly ashamed” of his behaviour, Allan said, and had demonstrated a “large degree of remorse” to social workers and his family.