A CLYDEBANK man has been ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work for breaking into a home last year.

Nathan McNeil, of Vanguard Street, previously admitted breaking into a home in Fullers Gate on July 15.

Fiscal depute Emma Thomson told Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week neighbours were watching TV when they heard banging from the rear property.

When they looked out, they saw broken glass and then 23-year-old McNeil climbing through the broken window.

He told them: “I lost my keys - I’m just going into my house.”

But the neighbour said: “You don’t stay here - you will need to come out.”

McNeil ignored him and entered the property’s bathroom and switched on a light.

The neighbour called police who found McNeill hiding between a mattress and bed slats.

He told officers he entered to get a hold of a mobile phone.

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry noted McNeil’s version to social workers was “an explanation but still a criminal act”.

Defence solicitor Judith Reid said: “Clearly there’s a lot going on.”

Sheriff Hendry told McNeil if he continued offending, future sheriffs would have little option but to jail him.

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He sentenced McNeill to 18 months supervision by social workers and 120 hours of unpaid work within six months.