A former oil executive has narrowly avoided jail after committing a string of crimes including drunken racist and homophobic abuse, brandishing a weapon at a child and spitting at the police.
Philip Taylor, 54, previously admitted seven charges, which took place between November 28 last year and June 2 this year, when he appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
The court head on June 2 the 54-year-old threatened to expose himself to a Polish woman who was walking her dog on Market Stance, just off Justice Street in Aberdeen.
He then made an offensive remark regarding her nationality.
On May 12 Taylor also made an offensive racial comment to an English police officer at Kittybrewster police station.
He further admitted shouting homophobic remarks at another officer on November 28 at Kittybrewster custody suite and during t he journey there from Huntly Railway Station.
Taylor, of Rose Street, also admitted breaching bail conditions, spitting at a man on May 29, and brandishing a rope with a metal hook attached at a child.
Defence agent Gregor Kelly said his client has been struggling with alcohol for a number of years, and that his life had fallen into a “spiral of despair”.
Sheriff William Summers ordered Taylor carry out 250 hours of unpaid work in the community and told him to attend an alcohol treatment programme.