An Aberdeen man who tried to lift a woman’s skirt – then “lost the plot” and punched her and a friend – has been handed unpaid work.
Mark Esson, 27, sexually assaulted the woman in Prohibition nightclub on Langstane Place, Aberdeen, on October 28, by attempting to lift her skirt.
Esson appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court last month and pleaded guilty to sexual assault, shouting racist remarks and three counts of assault.
Sentence was deferred until yesterday for a social work report.
Fiscal depute Kelly Mitchell previously told the 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.
Last month, 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”.
Esson later became abusive while en route to the police station, shouting racist remarks at an officer.
John Ferrie, Esson’s solicitor last month, said: “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.”
Yesterday, Tony Burgess, representing Esson, said: “Since the incident he has refrained from drinking, even when he goes out on his normal social activity of playing darts.”
He added the female member of door staff was of “considerable build” and “at first glance did not present as female”.
Sheriff Sukhwinder Gill said: “This incident occurred on Halloween night after some sort of carry on over a hat.
“You completely lost the plot.”
She ordered him to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work within a year as an alternative to custody.
Esson, whose address was given in court papers as Kincorth Crescent, Aberdeen, was also ordered to be supervised for six months and made subject to the notification requirements of the sexual offences act for the same period.