A man has admitted spitting in his mother’s face and also tipping a bottle of soft drink over her as she drove him home from the pub.
Steven Graham was given 200 hours of unpaid community work after admitting a string of charges at Dumfries Sheriff Court.
The 20-year-old, of Dryfe Road, Lockerbie, also hit his mum on the body in an incident in St Michael Street, Dumfries, in May.
He also pleaded guilty to shouting and swearing and acting aggressively and again assaulting her in a vehicle on a journey to Lockerbie by throwing the contents of a bottle of soft drink over her.
In addition he admitted struggling with police at Lockerbie.
Initially, Graham was driven by his mother to Green’s Bar in Dumfries and then later he called her to come back and pick him up, the court was told.
Fiscal depute Alison Herald said: “There was a disagreement and Graham told his mother he hated her and hit her on the arm.
“She started to drive back to Lockerbie and while she was driving he picked up a bottle of juice, took a drink and then poured the contents over her.”
The fiscal said on their return Graham’s mother went into the house to get a cloth to clean the car and he told her to take him to Annan and asked for cash. Police were eventually called and he reacted violently.
Graham also admitted breaching an order banning him from Somerton Gardens and Rosebank Crescent in Lockerbie by going in to Somerton Gardens.
Solicitor Liz Dougan said Graham apologised for his behaviour and this had been a lesson to him.
But Sheriff Brian Mohan said it was serious and sustained behaviour and imposed the community payback order.