A HABITUAL criminal from Bonhill who is already serving a lengthy jail term threatened to kill his partner and her family.

Kevin Power, 35, who is currently serving eight and a half years in prison for extortion and drugs offences, was jailed for 19 months on Friday for a catalogue of other offences. The jail term will run concurrently with his present sentence, and will not interfere with his release date.

Dumbarton Sheriff Court heard how Power, of Pappert, behaved in a threatening or abusive manner towards his partner on December 2, 2015. The offence happened at a house in Strathleven Drive, Alexandria.

He telephoned her and repeatedly sent her texts making threats of violence and threatened to kill her and her family, putting her into a state of fear and alarm for her safety.

The following day, at his home, he was found to be producing cannabis resin.

On January 20, 2016, he again behaved in a threatening and abusive manner towards the woman at his home, while on bail from Dumbarton Sheriff Court, the order having been imposed on December 23, 2015.

His next crime happened on February 8 and 9, 2016, again at his home. He once again behaved in a threatening and abusive manner and sent threatening text messages to his partner.

At this point he was also on two bail orders imposed on him at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on February 3, 2016, just five days earlier.

Power’s crime wave continued on April 7, 2016 when he drove without insurance and while on bail, near to his home in Bonhill. On the same day he was found to be in possession of cocaine at Clydebank police office.

Defence lawyer Alan Murdoch, defending, said: “He very much regrets the position he finds himself in.”

Jailing Power, Sheriff Maxwell Hendry said: “I will revoke any previous community payback orders imposed, but the 19 months will not effect your release date.”

Power also had eight penalty points put on his driving licence and was fined £200, but No time was asked for payment and the alternative of seven days was imposed to again run concurrently.