A YOB has been jailed after trying to wriggle his way out of a court’s community-based punishment by spinning a web of lies - including falsely claiming that he’d just become a father, and making stories up to his own lawyer.

Scott Fullbrook was sentenced to six months behind bars after admitting breaching the terms of a community payback order (CPO) by failing to attend supervision appointments with a social worker.

Fullbrook was handed the CPO earlier this year – but repeatedly failed to meet the order’s requirements, Dumbarton Sheriff Court was told on Friday, September 20.

And the court also heard that Fullbrook had been kicked out of his parents’ home in the area this summer because of his behaviour – only to spend a night and a day repeatedly banging on the door of the property and demanding to be let back in.

The 22-year-old was brought to the dock from custody – and left again in the same way after a sheriff said he had reached “the end of the line”.

Fiscal depute Meghan Glancey said Fullbrook had been asked to leave his parents’ home on the evening of July 2, but returned throughout the night, “banging on the door and demanding to be let in”.

Fullbrook’s sister contacted police early the next morning, and he was traced nearby and warned to stay away.

But he returned three times during the course of July 3 and behaved in the same manner; police were called again, and this time Fullbrook was arrested, cautioned and charged.

On a later date this summer, Fullbrook was again found at the property – this time he was inside, but by being there he was in breach of a condition of bail.

He was again arrested, cautioned and charged; this time he was brought to court the next available day, and was remanded in custody until last Friday’s sentencing hearing.

Fullbrook’s solicitor, Stephen McGuire, said: “He’s had just over four weeks in custody to reflect, and doesn’t want to have his stay in custody extended.

“Regarding the incident on July 2, at that time he was kidding himself in respect of his ongoing drug misuse problems; his father and his sister said he was ‘in complete denial’.

“A social work report and a CPO progress report say he is now impressing, in relation to his honesty, and I’m encouraged to say that, because I had a fairly frank chat with him today about instructions he gave previously which were not accurate.

“I spoke to his father when Mr Fullbrook appeared in this court on August 22; in the two weeks leading up to that date, his father had noticed a major improvement in his son’s circumstances, though he still wasn’t able to go back to the family home.

“The fact that he was there, effectively with his family’s consent, is a significant change.

“The CPO was imposed in April and effectively re-imposed in June.

“He’s rather ashamed by the lies he has told, and who he has told them to.

“He has now had the opportunity to go back to the parental home, because that bail condition no longer applies.”

Sheriff John Hamilton said: “The history of the CPO is pretty woeful.

“It’s hard to see a positive disposal here: he lied, he was manipulative and he doesn’t have the insight to see that that’s not going to work.

“He lied about having a child and needing money for nappies.

“He doesn’t even have a child. Social workers aren’t stupid.

“The order was re-imposed in June, he makes a mess of it, and he falls back into drug misuse.

“I’m concerned that nothing has really changed, and the problem with a CPO in those circumstances is that it may be setting him up to fail.”

Mr McGuire said Fullbrook - who was described in court papers as being of no fixed abode - had stayed drug-free during his four weeks, and repeated that Fullbrook’s father had seen a significant improvement in his son’s condition.

But the sheriff told Fullbrook: “I’m sorry, but I think we’ve got to the end of the line.

“I’m not convinced you’re ready or able to comply with a community-based disposal.

“The offences themselves are not that serious, but they are more of an indication of your lack of ability to control yourself and of a pattern of un pleasant and anti-social behaviour.

“You will serve a custodial sentence, then you can come out and hopefully, make a fresh start.”

Fullbrook was jailed for a total of six months, backdated to August 22 because of time already spent in custody.