A man has admitted attempting to lift a woman’s skirt on a night out – then punching her and a friend who came to her aid.
Mark Esson, 27, sexually assaulted the woman in Prohibition nightclub on Langstane Place, Aberdeen, on October 28, by attempting to lift her skirt.
During the incident, he attempted to lift her skirt, before punching her, hitting her friend and assaulting a door steward.
Fiscal depute Kelly Mitchell told Aberdeen Sheriff Court: “She turned round and pushed him away. The accused reacted by punching her once to the face.”
A female friend of the woman tried to intervene, but Esson punched her in the face.
The women did not know Esson prior to the incident, which happened at around 2.15am.
Ms Mitchell told the court a member of door staff tried to intervene but Esson “grabbed her round the neck with his forearm and held her in a tight headlock”.
At this point another member of door staff managed to remove Esson from the premises and restrain him outside.
Police attended and took Esson to Kittybrewster police station in a van. While en route Esson became abusive, shouting racist remarks at an officer.
Esson pleaded guilty to sexual assault, shouting racist remarks and three counts of assault.
Esson’s solicitor John Ferrie said his client “doesn’t have a lot of memory” of the events “because he’d been drinking heavily”.
He added: “He does have a bit of a temper and doesn’t react well when police turn up and become involved.
“He is extremely sorry for what he did. He may have thought it was a bit of fun, lifting up her skirt. It certainly wasn’t.”
Sheriff Graham Buchanan made Esson, whose address was given in court papers as Kincorth Crescent, Aberdeen, subject to the notification requirements of the sexual offences act.
He will be sentenced next month.