A man who showed nightclub bouncers an imitation handgun tucked in his waistband has been jailed.
Dawid Stec sparked a major incident outside Dundee’s Club Tropicana and armed police rushed to the scene.
Stec, who faces deportation to his native Poland after being convicted of a serious assault there in his absence, stood laughing throughout his arrest.
He was jailed for four months for the stunt and told it would have been far longer had he not been facing deportation.
Sheriff Alastair Brown said: “You are wanted by the Polish justice system. I want to get the Scottish system out of the way as quickly as possible.
“Had it not been for the European Arrest Warrant proceedings I would have been imposing a longer sentence.”
Depute fiscal Charmaine Gilmartin told Dundee Sheriff Court: “The accused and friends were seen acting strangely outside the club, exaggerating their movements and bumping into people. They walked the short distance back to Liquid and started acting oddly again.
“The accused walked towards the Hilton hotel across the street and lifted his top, showing what appeared to be a gold coloured handgun, which fell to the ground.
“It made a metallic sound when it hit the ground.”
She said Stec started to walk away but door staff grabbed him while others contacted police.
“Officers arrived and saw the handgun on the ground. The accused found it funny and laughed throughout his arrest,” she added. “Firearms officers then attended and declared the item safe.”
On examination, the device was found to be an air soft pistol designed to shoot 6mm ball bearings and with the appearance of an American-made Colt pistol.
Stec, 24, of Main Street, Dundee, admitted possessing an imitation firearm without lawful authority on March 4 2017 in South Ward Road, Dundee.