A DUMBARTON man has been jailed for offences he committed more than two years ago after he failed to comply with a community-based punishment.

Anthony Stewart had been handed a community payback order (CPO) for stealing alcohol from the Co-operative Food store in Balloch on March 11, 2017 – and the 32-year-old committed a further offence by breaching a bail-imposed curfew.

Dumbarton Sheriff Court heard on Thursday that Stewart had failed to comply with a condition of the CPO which required him to be a resident at the Turnaround project in Paisley.

His lawyer, Brian McGuire, said: “He was grateful for the opportunity to go to Turnaround.

“However, a gentleman came into Turnaround to whom Mr Stewart owed a drug debt, and this caused him considerable difficulty.

“He suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. He was threatened, and left to get away from this situation.”

Stewart, who was listed in court papers as a resident of Overburn Crescent in Dumbarton, was jailed for a total of nine months.