A THUG who repeatedly lashed out at police officers trying to help him faces jail.

Barry McCafferty, 22, turned on officers in February and May 2021 in Glasgow's Maryhill as well as the city's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard McCafferty was initially in the care of police on an unrelated matter on February 16, 2021.

He was taken to hospital and then handcuffed.

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McCafferty turned his head and spat at PC Barnaby Rose which fortunately missed him.

Three months later, police responded to reports of McCafferty banging on a number of doors.

McCafferty "acted aggressively" towards officers when he was asked to remain calm.

Prosecutor Sarah Latta said: "McCafferty lunged towards them and as a result he was restrained on the ground and arrested."

McCafferty went on to kick out at the officers in an attempt to avoid being handcuffed.

Fast straps also had to be put around McCafferty's legs.

McCafferty was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he was asked by medical staff if he had taken any substances.

McCafferty shouted and swore, stating: "I'm not a f***ing junkie."

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He was told to calm down but continued to shout and swear, saying: "That sounds like a threat."

He then attempted to kick and spit at constables Paul Lambert and Elizabeth McGall.

McCafferty was able to momentarily break free and hit his head off the ground before he was finally restrained.

McCafferty, of Maryhill, pleaded guilty to assaulting PCs Rose and Lambert, obstructing officers as well as behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

Sentence was deferred pending background reports until next month by Sheriff Matthew Jackson QC who continued McCafferty's bail meantime.