A vile thug who punched a man in a pub and then threatened to cover police in his Hepatitis C-infected blood has avoided jail.
Alistair Sorrie, 39, who has an “extensive record”, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court over the incident which happened on October 21.
Fiscal depute Lynzi Souter told the court the victim had been outside Victoria Bar on Menzies Road having a cigarette when Sorrie and a female approached him.
She said Sorrie followed the man back inside and a “verbal altercation” took place which “became physical” and Sorrie punched him in the face.
The man was left with a small cut to his bottom lip but refused medical attention.
Police traced Sorrie on Crombie Road and he was cautioned and arrested, but as he was being put in the back of the van he became “irate” and threatened to “smash” officers.
She said: “Blood began to pour from the wound that the accused sustained when he accidentally knocked his head on the police van door during the struggle. He began to shout at the police officers that he had Hepatitis C and that he was going to cover them in his blood and spit in their faces.”
Mrs Souter said: “The vehicle had to be taken out of commission until it had been deep cleaned.”
He was also taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where it was confirmed he sustained a concussion.
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Sorrie pled guilty to the bar assault, behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards police and struggling violently with officers.
He had also previously admitted shouting and swearing at his ex-partner and challenging a male to fight in a separate incident.
Defence agent Gail Goodfellow said: “My Lord will have observed he has an extensive record of offending from as far back as 1995. Most of these convictions are attributable to a long history of both alcohol and substance misuse.”
She added: “It appears the complainer was prepared to give him tobacco but an argument ensued about that.
“He accepts that he punched the complainer before leaving the public house.”
In relation to his behaviour towards police she said he blamed them for him hitting his head and reacted.
Sheriff Ian Wallace ordered Sorrie, of Menzies Road, Aberdeen, to be supervised for 18 months and undertake a drug and alcohol programme for the same period.