A THUG spat on a cleaner when she went to help a colleague who was being assaulted by him.

Joan Morrison, 51, tried to help security guard James Murray fend off Sam Goddard, 26, at Glasgow’s Buchanan Bus Station in July this year.

Mr Murray was initially punched to the face by Goddard who had been banned from entering the station.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard the cleaner “offered her assistance” when Mr Murray and another colleague tried to restrain Goddard.

Prosecutor Hannah Terrance said: “The accused spat at Miss Morrison and the spittle landed on her face and hair.”

Officers later arrested Goddard.

He told them that Mr Murray “had it coming” before he was taken to custody.

Goddard pleaded guilty on Thursday to the assaults to Mr Murray and Miss Morrison.

Goddard’s lawyer told the court that he was on bail at the time for the breach of the peace offence which got him banned from the station.

She said: “He reflects that his behaviour was disgraceful - he is embarrassed and extremely remorseful.”

Goddard was jailed for 18 months by Sheriff John McCormick.

Sheriff McCormick told Goddard, from Dundee, that there was no alternative to a custodial sentence due to his record and gravity of the offence.