A MAN who headbutted an Iceland employee before racially abusing him has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Ross Baillie appeared at Alloa Sheriff Court last week facing 11 charges, the most serious of which included calling the employee a “black b*****d” on October 20, 2017.

The incident happened around 7.20pm at the Stirling branch of Iceland when Baillie entered the premises after being denied the sale of alcohol earlier in the day as he was drunk.

The depute fiscal continued: “He was picking up household items plus four cans of cider and a bottle of wine.

“The cash assistant, who was the complainer, said he would not be sold alcohol. As he was walking away, he dropped the wine causing it to smash.

“He became agitated and was raising his voice. He took one can and returned the other three. The complainer then moved towards the accused, who shouted ‘move ya c**t’.”

The fiscal continued: “The accused then moved to headbutt the complainer and slightly connected their foreheads.”

The court heard how Baillie then left the shop and as he was doing so turned to a different employee and spat at her before shouting “you black b*****d” towards the first complainer.

He was later detained for the incident.

Baillie, whose address was given as Garvally Crescent, Alloa, was also appearing for a charge of theft which occurred on September 17, 2017 at a Mill Road Nisa Store, Alloa. He stole a quantity of alcohol and cigarettes.

There were also three charges which related to two incidents from earlier in the year. On May 30 while a prisoner at Glenochil, the accused wilfully destroyed items in his cell by smashing the fixtures and fittings with two pieces of wood.

On August 4 at Cowane Street, Stirling, Baillie punched a man on the head and challenged him to a fight. An allegation of brandishing a knife at that time was amended from the charge.

On July 26, the 28-year-old stole a quantity of alcohol and groceries from a Spar store at Murray Place, Stirling.

The next day, July 27, Baillie attended a job centre on St Ninians Road, Stirling, where he assaulted a man by punching him on the head.

His solicitor, Claire McCarron, told the court that this was a revenge attack as the complainer had previously assaulted Baillie.

Ms McCarron continued by saying during the time of all these crimes, her client had been feeling “hopeless and depressed”.

She said he was “visibly shocked at the CCTV footage” as he was too intoxicated to remember the incident involving the racial abuse.

He has now accepted he is an alcoholic.

Sheriff David Mackie made no comment other than to tell Baillie his sentences for each crime, which total 24 months.