A DUMBARTON man has been jailed and slapped with a non-harassment order after committing a series of offences against his ex.

John McGhee shouted and swore at his former partner and threw various items around a property in Ashton View on May 23.

He also smashed a window at the property by throwing a piece of wood at it on the same day.

The May offences followed an incident on March 8 in which he struck and damaged a door at the same property.

The 25-year-old was brought to the dock in handcuffs at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Friday after pleading guilty to two charges of vandalism and one of threatening or abusive behaviour.

The May offences were made more serious partly because they involved abuse of a partner or ex-partner, and partly because they were committed while he was still on bail for the incident in March.

Sentence had been deferred until Friday, June 28, in order to allow a social worker to prepare a background report.

McGhee’s lawyer told the court: “He has expressed remorse and accepted full responsibility.

“The court might take the view that this is too little too late, but a community-based sentence might give him some structure, and he is keen to progress with some supervision.

“This matter has caused him particular embarrassment. He is ashamed of his conduct and would wish to express his apologies to the complainer.”

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry told McGhee: “You were admitted to bail, but offended again. Taking that, and your record into account, prison is the only option.”

McGhee was handed nine-months in jail for the two May offences, while sentence on the March matter was deferred until November. He was barred from contacting his ex until June 2024.