AN ALEXANDRIA man has been ordered to do the maximum amount of unpaid work in the community for dealing cannabis.

David Hill previously pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of the class B drug at his home address and on the A82 in Dumbarton.

In July, Dumbarton Sheriff Court was told prosecutors didn’t accept Hill’s claim he had little or no knowledge of what he was involved in on August 30 last year.

A further hearing was scheduled to be heard later and there were background reports prepared.

Hill, 40, of Halkett Crescent in Rosshead, returned to court on September 18 for sentencing.

Sheriff William Gallacher said it was a “very serious matter”.

He said: “This court deals daily with people’s lives blighted by drugs. When I read reports again, I had great difficulty in knowing how I could avoid a custodial sentence.”

Instead, he put Hill on a community payback order requiring 300 hours of unpaid work in the community - the maximum. He will also be under the supervision of social workers for 18 months.

The sheriff also imposed a curfew from 7pm to 7am for three months on Hill.

He added: “If you comply, I will not require to send you to prison.”