A MAN tried to strangle his dad at the home they shared in Bonhill after staggering home from the pub.

Police and paramedics had to join forces to pull Allan Scott off his 69-year-old father at the property in Redburn.

But when he appeared in court for sentencing on Friday, the 39-year-old was spared a prison sentence for the horrifying attack.

Scott had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting his father Robert Scott by repeatedly punching him, straddling him on the bed and applying pressure to his neck in the early hours of March 8.

Emma Thomson, prosecuting, told the court that the incident erupted after paramedics went to the house answering a report of a person having suffered an allergic reaction.

Ms Thomson said: “The paramedics found the accused lying on the bed; on examination, they decided he did not require medical attention, and they made to leave.

“As they did so the accused began banging and kicking walls and kicking items around the room.

“The accused’s parents got out of their own bed and told the accused to stop.

“He told Robert Scott ‘I’m going to f*****g kill you’, then began throwing punches at his father, striking him on the body.

“Robert Scott managed to take hold of one of the accused’s fists, but both men ended up on the bed, with the accused eventually overpowering his father and straddling him.

“The accused put his hands around his father’s neck and squeezed it.

“The paramedics, who were still in the vicinity, tried to get the accused off, and repeatedly told the accused to stop strangling his father.

“The accused ignored this and continued the assault, again repeatedly shouting ‘I’m going to kill you’.

“The accused’s mother, Mary Scott, was alarmed at this and called the police, who arrived a short time later and removed the accused from his father, handcuffed him and arrested him.

“The accused was extremely intoxicated.”

Judith Reid, defending Scott, said: “This is a difficult and sad case for all concerned.

“Mr Scott’s parents were supportive of him and of considerable assistance to him, and the loss of his ability to live with them has caused him real difficulty.”

Scott, now living at Ashton View in Dumbarton, was ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work within eight months as a punishment, and will be supervised by social workers till May 2021.