A MAN who threatened to “jump all over the head” of his ex partner has been warned that unless he cleans up his act his “misogynistic behaviour” will land him in prison.

Joseph McCormick, 20, was spared jail after appearing at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last Tuesday charged with making a grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing call to his former girlfriend.

McCormick, formerly of Alexandria but listed in court papers as now living in Muirshiel Crescent, Glasgow, had pleaded guilty to repeatedly uttering threats of violence towards the woman.

McCormick and the woman had been in an on-off relationship for two years but that ended in August 2018.

On October 26 that year, McCormick was in the now closed John Brown’s Bar in Chalmers Street, Clydebank, when he phoned the victim.

The fiscal depute said: “The witness was within her property and received a call at 4.30pm from a number she did not recognise.

“She heard the voice of the accused and the phone was placed on loudspeaker. He could be heard saying: ‘I’ve got a key to your house. I’m going to jump all over your head. Expect your windows to be smashed when you get home.’.”

The woman did not answer further calls and contacted the police.

Defence solicitor Martha Rafferty told the court: “Looking at Mr McCormick’s record it would appear that between the age of 18 and 19 there was a lot of offending, which is not acceptable to the court and he is deeply ashamed by it. He attributes this to his use of cocaine and alcohol.

“It was quite an abusive relationship on both sides.

“He has worked hard to address his cocaine problem. He now drinks moderately.”

The court heard that McCormick is currently serving two community payback orders for separate offences.

Sheriff John Hamilton said: “It is not appropriate to bully a woman because you are bigger or stronger. This provides a clear insight into your loutish, thuggish and misogynistic behaviour.”

McCormick was placed under social workers’ supervision for 12 months and must attend the Caledonian System, a programme for men convicted of domestic abuse offences.

McCormick’s mother, who sat in the public gallery, accused the sheriff of treating her son “like an animal” before being escorted from the courtroom.

A six-month non-harassment order was also issued with a review set for later this year.

The sheriff concluded: “When her wee boy gets a dressing down she doesn’t like that. This dressing down is appropriate and you know that.”