A Douglas man has been ordered to carry out unpaid work after spitting in his neighbour's face.
39-year-old Jason Leo Brown, of Empress Drive, lost control 'momentarily' after an argument on July 22nd.
At Douglas Courthouse on Tuesday Brown sobbed as he was sentenced for assaulting the woman and displaying provoking behaviour.
His advocate said there had been 'bad blood' between Brown and the neighbouring family - particularly after the death of his girlfriend in February this year.
The incident, at a property in Castletown, was sparked by what he described as 'goading' from the neighbours.
Addressing the spitting Brown's advocate told the court: "He's accepted that was nasty, repugnant and disgusting."
Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes ordered Brown to carry out 100 hours of community service and ordered him to pay compensation of £150 and prosecution costs of £125.