A BONHILL cannabis dealer who failed to show up to a meeting with social workers has been given a final chance to stay out of prison before being sentenced.

Nobleston resident Robert Ingram appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Friday after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis and cannabis resin at his home address on April 20.

The offences were committed while the 42-year-old was the subject of a bail order granted at Glasgow Sheriff Court on January 22.

Sentence on Ingram had been deferred to allow time for the preparation of a background report, but defence lawyer Scott Adair said the report was not available because his client had failed to attend an appointment with a social worker.

Mr Adair told the court: "Upon realising his missed appointment he has been in touch with the social work office, and another appointment has been arranged.

"He says there is an issue with his post; things are somewhat hectic at home, and he hadn't opened his post on the day it arrived."

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Sheriff William Gallacher said: "Why am I bothering with a report? His second last conviction was in the High Court – and that's not the most dramatic High Court conviction on his schedule."

Mr Adair said: "If he wasn't going to bother with the report, why bother with what he has done subsequently?"

Fiscal depute Emma Petterson said the value of the drugs recovered at the property had been estimated at £700, though when sub-divided that could have increased to £1,480.

Ms Petterson said scales and a quantity of cash had also been recovered in the raid on Ingram's home.

Sheriff Gallacher told Ingram: "I've given considerable thought as to whether the court needs a report at all.

"If you're the one on whom a report is to be obtained, the obligation is on you to comply."

Ingram was released on bail, and sentence was further deferred until December 18.