A CLYDEBANK man who aimed a laser light at a helicopter as it flew over his home searching for a missing person still hasn’t been able to start a sentence of unpaid work imposed for the crime.

Gary Cameron, 42, was told to carry out unpaid hours of work in September as part of a community payback order after admitting a charge of culpable and reckless conduct.

Cameron previously admitted shining the light into the helicopter cockpit from his Trafalgar Street home on September 5, 2016. But he was spared a jail sentence after a court heard he had “severe” mental health issues.

His solicitor told a hearing at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Friday that Cameron was still on the waiting list to begin his unpaid work order and had been given no start date.

Sheriff William Gallacher said: “It is disappointing that an order for unpaid work made on September 7 does not, even now, have a date for that work to be started.”

Cameron’s community payback order also includes a supervision requirement, which his solicitor said is progressing well.

Sheriff Gallacher told Cameron: “I’m glad things are being done and you are doing what is required of you. But I want to make sure the second part of your order is in place.”

Cameron was told to come back to court for a review hearing on March 23.