A FORMER physics teacher bit the finger of a police officer and made homophobic remarks towards her.

Jonathan Lister lashed out at constable Sarah-lee McFarlane after he was ejected from a bus in Glasgow city centre's Union Street on August 4, 2020.

The 59-year-old initially struggled as officers tried to put handcuffs on him.

He then bit the finger of PC McFarlane and later called her a "lesbian c***."

The first offender pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to assaulting PC McFarlane.

He also admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

The court heard police were asked to attend the First Bus for unrelated matter.

Lister was asked to leave due to his behaviour and he refused before becoming "aggressive."

Officers held his arm in an attempt to escort him from the vehicle.

Prosecutor Sean Docherty said: "While struggling with Lister, officers made attempts to put him in handcuffs.

"When doing so PC McFarlane put her arm on his left shoulder and Lister bit her finger."

Lister was eventually led from the bus in handcuffs and put into a police vehicle.

While en route he made the remark to PC McFarlane and also called her a "wh***" and a "f***ing idiot."

Neil Kilcoyne, defending, told the court Lister - a physics teacher for 19 years - is no longer in work due to ill health.

Sheriff Shona Gilroy put Lister, of the city's Craigton, on a structured deferred sentence until February.

She told him: "This is really unpleasant behaviour, no one should be subjected to that at their work.

"You are a clever man and you know what's required of yourself.

"If you do what's asked and come back, you will be dealt with leniently."