Bouncer spat on

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A rowdy man spat at a door­man who tried to throw him out of an 18th birth­day party at a Wishaw ho­tel.

Josh Hen­der­son then hurled abuse at po­lice of­fi­cers try­ing to ar­rest him and ran away.

Hen­der­son, 22, of Al­lan Tower, Mother­well, ap­peared at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court this week and ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing Ja­son Chalmers by spit­ting at him at the Com­mer­cial Ho­tel, Main Street, on Novem­ber 17.

He also ad­mit­ted shout­ing and swear­ing at po­lice of­fi­cers.

Neil Thom­son, pros­e­cut­ing, said Hen­der­son and an­other male were in a booth be­side the dance floor about 1.15am.

They ap­peared to be “heav­ily intoxicated” and were an­noy­ing other rev­ellers.

The pair were asked to leave by Mr Chalmers and a col­league, but as they were be­ing es­corted to­wards the door Hen­der­son be­came abu­sive and spat on Mr Chalmers’s jacket.

Po­lice ar­rived to find Hen­der­son ar­gu­ing with staff. When he saw them he ran off, shout­ing in­sults. More po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived and he was caught after a short chase.

Hen­der­son was on early re­lease from a two- year prison sen­tence at the time.

His so­lic­i­tor, Diarmid Bruce, said he had “sig­nif­i­cant fam­ily prob­lems”, but ad­mit­ted: “On the night in ques­tion he had too much to drink. He be­haved in an un­ac­cept­able fash­ion.”

Hen­der­son was or­dered to pay £100 in com­pen­sa­tion to Mr Chalmers and banned from the Com­mer­cial Ho­tel for one year.

He must also do 300 hours of un­paid com­mu­nity work.

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