A man who objected to being thrown out of licensed premises in Nairn and Inverness was jailed for a year yesterday.
Scott Mackay, 26, of 26 Moss-side, Nairn, attacked one man and struck him on the head with a glass to his injury in the Seaforth Club, in his home town on November 14.
Fiscal depute Ross Carvel told the court that Mackay was on a curfew at the time and the offence took place at 11.25pm – when he should have been at his bail address.
He added: “He was intoxicated in the club and speaking to a woman who was uncomfortable in his company.
“A Mr Mike Henry intervened and first asked if he had a ticket to be at the event. Mackay confirmed that he had and swore at Mr Henry.
“He then sprung from his chair and Mr Henry asked him to leave. But Mackay grabbed a glass and struck him on the head, causing superficial bleeding.
“Mr Henry put Mackay to the ground and others took over so Mr Henry could get medical attention from a nurse who was also at the event.”
Mr Carvel told Sheriff David Sutherland that the Nairn attack took place two weeks after another in Inverness when police tried to escort Mackay from premises in the city on October 31.
The fiscal depute told Inverness Sheriff Court: “He took exception to it and shouted and swore at police. He then took off his jacket and popped it over the head of one constable before removing his T-shirt and swinging a punch at the constable.
“He was then restrained but continued to struggle violently and stuck his foot in the police van door to prevent it from shutting.”
Mackay appeared from custody and admitted charges of assault to injury, breach of bail, police assault and resisting arrest.
His agent, solicitor Duncan Henderson, said: “He accepts that given his record there is no alternative to a custodial sentence.
“He is a young man who has struggled throughout his life with alcohol.”
Sheriff Sutherland said: “These offences were drink-fuelled and that makes them worse. It is no excuse.
“You are fortunate that the injury caused in Nairn was not worse. In relation to the other incident, if you had taken the advice of the police officers to leave, you probably wouldn’t be facing these charges.”
Sentence was backdated to November 16 when Mackay appeared from custody.