A MAN who attacked his partner and then fought with a teenager over the abuse has been spared prison.

Robert Jenkins, 49, previously pleaded guilty to acting aggressively towards the woman and the 19-year-old, refusing to leave the property, engaging in a fight with the teen, threatening him with violence, holding a knife in front of both and struggling with his partner.

He also damaged the car belonging to his partner by kicking it, at a property in Bellsmyre.

Depute fiscal Emma Thomson told Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week that on March 26, Jenkins turned up in the afternoon at the home of his partner, where a 19-year-old man was looking after a seven-year-old boy.

At around 4.30pm the teenager contacted his mother to say that Jenkins was at the property and under the influence.

When the teen’s mum arrived, she found Jenkins on the couch and repeatedly told him to leave, which he refused to do.

The teenager told Jenkins to leave, and Jenkins got to his feet, making his way towards his partner and the teen.

He threw a punch at the 19-year-old and they began to fight.

The seven-year-old came out and shouted for them to stop, along with the woman.

Jenkins made threats including “I’m going to get you” and “I will get someone to take the face off you”.

He also said, “I’m going to make tram lines across your face” and “You better not go outside the house”.

Jenkins went to the kitchen and got the longest knife he could find, with a 12-inch blade, presenting it to his partner and the teen.

The woman grabbed the knife away from Jenkins and it fell to the ground. Police were then called, said Ms Thomson.

As Jenkins left, he walked to his partner’s car and kicked it.

Jenkins, of Dumbuie Avenue, Dumbarton, was described as having a “gap” in his criminal behaviour between 2005 and 2017.

Defence solicitor Scott Adair said that if his client’s offending had continued through those years, he would be going straight to prison.

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry noted Jenkins had finished a community payback order (CPO), but observed that it didn’t seem to be successful, given he was back in court.

Mr Adair said: “[His behaviour] was entirely unacceptable and he now realises he has to do something.”

Sheriff Hendry said: “I’m told in the social work report that you’re ‘embarrassed and ashamed’.

“Your behaviour on March 26 was atrocious. There’s no excuse.

“You have been offending fairly frequently in the last couple of years - a prison sentence is justified. I’m minded to send you to prison.

“It is with some hesitation that I may be making a mistake in not doing so.”

Jenkins was put on another CPO, with social work supervision for two years. He must attend alcohol counselling or treatment and take part in the Pair programme for curbing domestic abuse.

He must also do 150 hours of unpaid work, and will subject to a six-month curfew between 7pm and 7am each day.

Sheriff Hendry added: “That’s as strong a package as I can put forward without sending you to prison.

“I suspect any future offending will be dealt with by custodial sentence.”