A BOOZED-UP Clydebank man has avoided going to jail for a “terrifying” and sustained attack on his partner.

Jonathan Allan, of Crescent Court, Dalmuir, committed the offences on July 15 at his home.

On Friday, Dumbarton Sheriff Court heard the 23-year-old admit assaulting his partner by head-butting her and hitting her head against a wall and striking her with a bottle of mouthwash.

The sustained attack continued when he punched her as he shouted and swore at her.

Prosecutor Sarah Healing said: “She was 18 years old and they had been in a relationship for two-and-a-half years.

“He had been in Balloch drinking. When he went home an argument broke out and he headbutted her, causing her nose to bleed.

“She went into the hallway and he followed her, hitting her head against a wall before throwing a bottle of mouthwash at her, which struck her.

“He then punched her as she tried to fend him off.

“She ran into the living room and dialled 999 but hung up. She then shouted for help. Allan chased her into the living room. She was fortunate to escape with minor injuries.”

Defence lawyer Andrew White said: “I don’t seek to hide the seriousness of these catalogue of events. He fully accepts that alcohol is no excuse.

“There is no getting away from the fact it’s a serious matter – a pretty awful matter.”

Sheriff John Hamilton said: “This must have been a terrifying experience. It was a sustained attack and but, for the fact you don’t have any previous convictions, custody would have been a direct option.

“I am going to impose a community payback order.”

Allan was put on a CPO for 12 months, which includes supervision and 220 hours’ unpaid work within nine months.

The sheriff added: “The high number of hours reflect the seriousness of the assault.”

Allan was also ordered to attend the Pair Programme for people convicted of domestic violence.

He will return to court on November 9 for a review. He was ordained to appear.