A 34-year-old Dundee man attacked a supermarket worker after being stopped in store over shoplifting suspicions.
Scott Lowden, of Fairbairn Street, Dundee, pled guilty at Dundee Sheriff Court on Wednesday to assaulting a man at Tesco Express on Strathmartine Road on June 2.
The court heard Lowden was approached by the worker as he tried to exit the store at around 9.45pm, where he was escorted to the security office at the back of the store.
He admitted becoming aggressive towards the staff member, lashing out with his left hand and striking the man on the chest area with his elbow.
Lowden was detained on the ground thereafter to protect staff members until police arrived.
He also denied stealing a quantity of meat from the store and the Crown accepted the not guilty plea to the shoplifting charge.
Sheriff Derek Reekie told Lowden he was lucky there were no injuries sustained.
He said: “You lashed out at someone who was at their work just trying to do their job.”
Lowden committed the attack while subjected to an undertaking for a deferred sentence.
Sheriff Reekie sentenced Lowden to four months in prison.