AN ALEXANDRIA man has been jailed for eight months after assaulting his former partner, racially abusing a police officer and threatening to bite off a constable’s nose.

Robert Carmichael, 33, was sentenced at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Tuesday following an incident at a property in Woodburn Avenue on November 14 last year.

Carmichael, of Simpson Quadrant, was said to have been in a relationship with his ex-partner for eight months but that ended after his episode of violence.

Emma Petterson, fiscal depute, told the court that Carmichael attended his former partner’s address unannounced at 9.30pm on November 14.

He was intoxicated and was asked to leave a number of times but remained in the home and fell asleep on the sofa.

When he woke up, he was said to be mumbling and called the complainer a “tramp,” before grabbing her by the hair and pulling her to the ground, causing both to fall.

“The complainer screamed, hoping someone could hear what was happening,” said Ms Petterson.

A neighbour, who heard the commotion and observed Carmichael holding the woman by the hair, asked him to let her go and police were contacted.

Ms Petterson told the hearing: “The accused remained within the common close where he continued to bang the door.

“Police arrived a short time later and heard banging. They spoke to the complainer and observed small clumps of hair falling from her scalp.

“The accused was then escorted to a police van shouting and swearing, calling a police officer a ‘f*****g tramp’, ‘P**I tramp’ and ‘P**I b*****d’.”

Carmichael also threatened to bite off a police constable’s nose and was taken to Clydebank police office where he was cautioned and charged and made no reply.

Defence solicitor, Mr McGinn, said his client’s course of conduct “from start to finish does him absolutely no credit”.

Mr McGinn added: “He tells me he does have an alcohol problem. It is a significant problem for him.

“After some provocation the way he reacts is totally inappropriate. The way he then treats police officers is completely out of line.

“On reflection, he is realistic and candid about it, and apologetic.”

Sheriff John Hamilton said: “You are the author of your own misfortune.

“You engaged in nasty behaviour with your ex-partner, pulling her hair out when she did nothing wrong, then shouting abuse at police officers, some of which was racially aggravated.

“Drink is not an excuse.

“In the circumstances, given your record, there is no option but to impose a custodial sentence.”

Carmichael received an eight-month prison sentence, backdated to November 15, and was also handed a non-harassment order for a period of three years.