A MAN who held a knife to a man’s throat at a Dumbarton bar has been ordered to get alcohol counselling.

Thomas Hyslop, 32, previously admitted having a knife at the Burgh Bar on March 20 this year as well as the assault.

Defence solicitor Danielle Docherty told Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Friday her client needed a period in custody for his health and was now sober.

She added: “He has no intention of drinking alcohol at any local establishments. He is very apologetic. He accepts full responsibility and is very sorry for his actions.”

Hyslop was listed in court papers as a prisoner of Low Moss,

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry said it would be easy to leave Hyslop in prison for years but instead put him on a community payback order with two years of social work supervision.

He will be required to undertake alcohol counselling or treatment, and attend at the Turnaround project when a place is available.

Hyslop must also do 150 hours of unpaid work in the community and will be subject to a curfew from 9.30pm to 6am every day for four months.