A MAN dodged jail for a verbal attack on an A&E nurse when he appeared at hospital while "extremely" drunk.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how Brian McKinlay called the healthcare worker, "you f****** stinky b****" in a foul mouthed tirade at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

The 37-year-old had arrived at A&E having been assaulted on November 28, 2019.

Depute fiscal Lauren Ram Sangray told the court the incident happened around 3am when he was "extremely intoxicated and under the influence."

He became aggressive towards a staff nurse and was asked to leave but refused to do so and police were contacted.

The court heard McKinlay had subsequently been jailed on another matter and was given a 12 month sentence and is only recently back in the community but under supervision for the next three months.

The sheriff, who is new to the Glasgow court, said attacks at A&E are like "part of the culture" in the city.

Sheriff Allan McKay said: "I am aghast, although I am relatively new to this court, at the number of people who seem to go to the hospital and use it as a place to vent their frustrations while they are drunk.

"It is almost part of the culture.

"You are experienced enough in these matters to know that what I am about to offer you is a direct alternative to custody."

McKinlay was placed on a supervision order for 12 months.