A LOUT spat at a man who confronted him before going on to hurl spittle at a police officer.

Declan Johnston initially swung a punch at Brendan Sheridan outside Quin’s pub in Bishopbriggs in August this year.

The 18-year-old was decked by Mr Sheridan before Johnston went on to spit on him.

Johnston was later arrested and spat at PC Daniel Lane as well as going on a tirade of abuse while inside a hospital.

Johnston pleaded guilty on Thursday at Glasgow Sheriff Court to the two assaults.

The court heard Johnston’s behaviour towards two woman caused Mr Sheridan, who was walking by, to remonstrate.

Johnston made his way towards Mr Sheridan and attempted to punch him, but missed.

Mr Sheridan then took Johnston to the ground.

Prosecutor Hannah Terrance said: “The police were contacted and at that point the accused spat on Mr Sheridan.”

Officers arrived and arrested Johnston who was still being restrained by Mr Sheridan.

Miss Terrance said: “On being brought to his feet the accused spat towards PC Lane which struck him on the left arm and a spit hood was applied.”

Johnston continued his aggressive behaviour in the police vehicle and banged his head off the wall.

He was later taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary to be checked over where he shouted and swore.

Johnston stated: “F***ing c***s” and “F***ing b******s” before being taken back into custody.

Lawyer Robert Sheridan, defending, said: “It’s quite frankly appalling behaviour in the current climate.”

Sentence was deferred until December for background reports by Sheriff John McCormick.

He said: “A custodial sentence is almost inevitable, but I will keep all options open.”