A takeaway worker in Arbroath was caught on camera hitting a customer over the head with a pizza shovel during a row in a fast-food shop.
When Deborah Williamson refused to leave the Spice of Life shop in the town on December 27 last year, worker Dalgit Din, 64, grabbed the shovel as Miss Williamson ranted at her.
Video footage of the incident taken by Ms Williamson’s boyfriend then shows Din attacking Miss Williamson, lifting the metal shovel with both hands and hitting her over the head with it.
Din, 64, of Arbroath Road, Dundee, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault to injury committed at the shop in Mayfield Terrace, Arbroath.
Ian Flynn, defending, said Miss Williamson had previously been a “nuisance” in the shop and had been asked not to return.
He said: “Following the blow, it took the police more than 15 minutes to get there and the aggravation continued.
“He (the partner) was charged with smashing the door down before the police attended.
“She’s not actually the complainer because neither she nor the boyfriend wanted anything to do with helping the police.”
During a section of the video shown in court, Din phoned the police and shouted “I’ve got a junkie in my shop” after the assault.
Mr Flynn added: “She is not at 64, I would suggest, likely to reoffend.
“There has been a distinct provocation from a much younger, much bigger woman.”
Sheriff Gregor Murray said: “I accept you were subject to considerable provocation but you were the one who snapped.
“I’m going to give you six months to be of good behaviour and you can expect to be admonished if that’s the case.”
Sentence was deferred until January 29 and Din’s bail was continued.