A man was caught attacking his friends when police walked in on him while he had one in a headlock and the other pinned to the ground.
Lewis Gibbs had been drinking with two others at a flat in Fraser Court, Aberdeen, when he started to “play up” on Tuesday evening.
The 30-year-old pleaded guilty to assaulting the pair, a man and a woman, when he appeared from custody at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday.
Fiscal depute Alan Townsend said: “The accused started to ‘play up’ and the woman tried to stop what is then described as fighting.”
Gibbs began punching the man and pushed the woman, causing her to fall to the floor, when she tried to separate the pair.
Mr Townsend said police arrived to hear “screaming” coming from within the property.
He added: “Officers arrived and found the accused holding the male in a headlock with his left arm. He had the woman pinned to the ground with his right.”
Defence solicitor Michael Burnett told the court that Gibbs, of King Street, had “no memory” of what took place.
Sheriff Margaret Hodge ordered him to complete 80 hours of unpaid work.
She said: “These offences were committed as a result of fighting between friends who had all drunk too much.
“It seems you became extremely aggressive under the influence of alcohol.”