A NOTORIOUS Johnstone thug is facing jail for spitting on a police officer during a rammy in his home street.

Raymond ‘Raymie’ Docherty, of McDowall Street, lost the plot with cops on Tuesday, January 29.

The 24-year-old yob, who has been caged in the past for previous assaults, clashed with PC Mark Halliday and PC Ian Brown amid claims he had jumped out of a window and tried to escape from them in a bid to pervert the course of justice.

Once the officers caught up with him, Docherty lashed out with his arms and legs, before assaulting PC Halliday by spitting on his head and body.

Docherty was held in police custody over his actions and admitted his guilt when he appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court last week.

He pleaded guilty to resisting, obstructing or hindering the officers, as well as assaulting PC Halliday, while his not guilty plea was accepted to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Sheriff Moira MacKenzie opted not to hear the facts of the case and warned Docherty he could be jailed as she deferred sentence until next month for background reports to be prepared.

She told him: “All sentencing options are open to the court. With some considerable hesitation, I’m going to release you on bail.”

In June 2017, Docherty was jailed for two-and-a-half years for attacking John Mochan with a screwdriver at a property in Ferguson Street, Johnstone.

He punched Mr Mochan on the head and then rained blows on his body with the screwdriver before robbing him of a mobile phone, a charger and a Bluetooth speaker.

Docherty was also locked up in 2012 for a savage assault in Johnstone which saw him jump off a wall to stamp on a young woman’s head.

At the time, the court heard Docherty had endured a troubled upbringing in a house where he experienced violence.