A MAN who launched an attack knocking his victim unconscious has been given a “bare pass” to keep his liberty.

Alexander Irvine, of Brunswick House, Melbourne Avenue, Clydebank, carried out a vicious assault on a man on Dumbarton Road, Clydebank, on March 1, 2017.

The 42-year-old was previously convicted of attacking another man, knocking him to the ground and then seizing him by the hair and repeatedly punching him and kicking him on the head and body to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

In a separate offence on June 14, 2017, Irvine behaved in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm at Brunswick House. He was shouting and swearing and refused to leave despite repeated requests to do so. He behaved in an aggressive manner and made offensive remarks.

The following day, at Melbourne Avenue, he again behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting , swearing and making threats of violence towards police officers. He was on bail at the time.

He was previously put on a community payback order as punishment and appeared at court last week for a review.

Defence lawyer Kenny Clark, at Dumbarton Sheriff Court, said: “His co-operation has been limited, but he is heading in the right direction.

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry told Irvine: “It’s a bare pass and nothing more. It’s good enough to keep you at liberty. It’s not a fail, but the report says you must try harder. It could be better, but it could have been worse. Remain of good behaviour, if not the house of cards will come tumbling down.

“To your credit it’s not a disaster.”

Sentence was deferred until December 14 for a further community payback order review. Bail was continued.