An Aberdeen man who climbed the roof of a city bakery and was only coaxed down by offers of burgers and cigarettes has been spared jail.
Corey Gibb, of Holburn Street, brought parts to the city centre to a standstill when he scaled the two-storey Gordon Bakery on Dee Street last month.
Officers had pursued Gibb after they had spotted him in the nearby Bank of Scotland on Union Street as he had a warrant outstanding.
He fled onto the roof of the 30ft building hurling down insults, swearing and talking with pals in a stand-off lasting more than four hours.
Dee Street and the surrounding area was cordoned off for much of the duration of the incident.
Last month, Gibb appeared in court and admitted hindering the duties of two detective constables.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard he was eventually convinced to come down by negotiators after he was offered “a meal from Burger King, cigarettes and a phone call”.
An appeal for bail was made at his last appearance on May 23 but it was denied and he was remanded in custody.
Yesterday, the 21-year-old appeared in court again and admitted acting in a “threatening or abusive manner” by shouting and swearing on Dee Street.
Defence agent Iain Hingston made an impassioned plea on his behalf to Sheriff Morag McLaughlin for his client’s freedom.
He said that a report presented on Gibb – who has been a repeat offender – had been “very positive” and it was “frustrating” that he was defending his “ridiculous” actions.
He said: “The main differences in his situation now is that he now has a job and his own bank account, these are big steps for him.
“It is only when he chooses to be an idiot that we find ourselves back here again.
“Once again he is exhibiting all the right signs of co-operating and he has indicated he will co-operate with whatever is requested of him.
“He knows he is coming to a point where people will lose patience with him and that that point is coming soon.”
Gibb was given a community payback order consisting of 12 months supervision.