A NURSE was repeatedly spat at by a patient she was treating in a Glasgow hospital.

Peter Cowan, 56, appeared in court this week for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to the offence that took place on December 29, 2019.

At around 12.40am, Cowan was being treated within a cubicle in the A&E department of Glasgow Royal Infirmary, after being found lying in the street.

Police officers in a nearby cubicle heard the nurse shout “don’t spit at me”. They attended and spotted Cowan repeatedly spitting at her, which she managed to dodge.

He was arrested and cautioned and charged.

Cowan’s lawyer told the court his client was “clearly heavily intoxicated” and had been drinking very heavily at the time.

The defence solicitor added: “He has no recollection of this incident but accepts he behaved in this fashion, which is accepted as being disgusting.

“He expresses remorse and shame for his actions. Fortunately, the witness was not spat upon but spat at.

“It’s a serious matter given his record. Although, there is nothing directly analogous on his record. The last time he was in trouble was in 2017.

“This offence is nearly two-and-a-half-year-old and he’s been involved in nothing further since. There are alternatives to custody available.”

Sheriff Charles Lugton told Cowan: “Well this is certainly a case custody has been at the forefront of the court's mind, however, I can deal with this by alternative.”

The Sighthill man was tagged and ordered to stay within his home between 7pm and 7am for 135 days, as a direct alternative to custody.