A CLYDEBANK thug hurled abuse at his partner at their home while she was pregnant with their child, a court has heard.

Patrick McArthur shouted, swore and acted aggressively towards his partner and her stepfather on October 24, and then behaved in a similar fashion towards police after leaving the property.

The 19-year-old, of Stewart Street, appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Friday after pleading guilty to two counts of threatening or abusive behaviour at the property in Stoneyflatt Road, Dumbarton.

Fiscal depute Meghan Glancey told the court McArthur and his partner had been in a relationship for six months on the date of the incident, while McArthur’s own lawyer said the pair were due to become parents in four weeks.

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Ms Glancey said: “The accused became highly aggressive, calling the complainer a slut, a whore and a cow.

“The complainer’s stepfather entered the room to intervene, and the accused became aggressive towards him also, saying ‘you old b*****d, I’m going to kill you’.

“Police were called and he told officers to ‘f*** off’ and said he wasn’t going to f*****g talk to them’.”

Gail Campbell, defending, said the pair were still in a relationship.

She added: “He has had it reinforced to him that his liberty is essential if he is going to be involved in the child’s life.

“He can’t continue to behave like this.”

McArthur originally faced further charges of assaulting his partner, stealing a set of house keys and a debit card, and threatening his partner’s stepfather with violence, but his pleas of not guilty to those charges were accepted by the Crown.

Sheriff John Hamilton told McArthur: “This was highly unpleasant behaviour.

“You’re 19, going on nine. You must begin to think about your attitude towards women.

“You have an assault conviction, a contempt of court conviction, and here you are, directing foul-mouthed abuse towards your partner while she’s pregnant with your child.”

Sentence was further deferred.