A lout who attacked a man after leaping off the minibus taking him to community service has been put behind bars for his “outrageous” behaviour.
Liam Donegan lunged at Daniel Sellars in George Street, Aberdeen on May 17 last year.
He jumped off the bus and launched himself at Mr Sellars, a man who Donegan, 21, claimed previously attacked him.
Mr Sellars was left with a bloodied eyebrow as a raging Donegan was bundled back onto the minibus before later being arrested by police.
Fiscal Depute Sophie Hanlon told Aberdeen Sheriff Court: “The accused was undertaking hours on his community payback order. The group had stopped to get lunch.
“After they returned to the bus, it was driving past the John Lewis store. The complainant was walking along George Street when the accused spotted him, opened the door and jumped out.
“He (Donegan) punched him once, causing a cut to his eyebrow. The accused and the complainant were then separated. He got back on the bus and it left. The police were later notified of the incident.”
Donegan, of Great Northern Road, admitted to assaulting Mr Sellars by punching him in the face to his injury.
Defence agent Laura Bell said: “There had been a previous incident when he had been assaulted.
“When he saw Mr Sellars he made the ridiculous decision to get off and confront him. He knows his actions were stupid. He has been using his time in prison well. He recognises that he has an anger problem.”
Sheriff Graham Buchanan told Donegan: “People would have been shocked to learn that you were carrying out unpaid work for another offence.
“You chose to behave in this outrageous fashion. You leapt off the van and attacked someone on the street out of retaliation. That is quite a serious aggravating factor. There is no alternative to a custodial sentence.”
He sentenced Donegan to four months behind bars.