A CLYDEBANK man has been put on a community payback order for 18 months, after admitting assaulting a five-year-old boy.

Sean McCartney, 27, of Ellinger Court, pleaded guilty last week at Dumbarton Sheriff Court.

McCartney carried out the attack on the boy on March 26, this year, in a house in Clydebank.

The court heard how he seized the boy by the neck and compressed it, causing injury to the youngster.

Lawyer Tom Brown said: “This was a serious matter. He has not been in trouble before.

“There are various options open to the court. Clearly he does not want to go to jail.”

Sheriff William Gallacher said: “I was horrified and remain concerned about the circumstances.”

McCartney was put on the CPO as a direct alternative to custody and ordered to return to court on June 29 for a review in front of Sheriff Gallacher.