A WOMAN who assaulted a man in a street in Faifley with a piece of carpet gripper rod has been allowed to stay out of prison - despite breaches of two community-based punishments imposed for the attack.

Lisa McDougall attacked her victim with the impromptu weapon in Auchnacraig Road on July 11, 2018 - and was handed a community payback order, with unpaid work as a punishment.

She was also hit with a home detention curfew - officially known as a “restriction of liberty order” - for being in possession of an offensive weapon.

But the 30-year-old appeared in court on Friday to answer for breaches of both orders.

Her solicitor, Scott Adair, told Dumbarton Sheriff Court that the reports on the two breaches “don’t make happy reading”, but said there was a “partial explanation” which lay in McDougall’s mental health difficulties.

Sheriff Simon Pender, however, said that on reading the breach reports he was left with the impression that those difficulties were the result of McDougall’s substance misuse.

Mr Adair said: “She has started to deal with those issues and her mental health is improving. She is in a much better place than when the orders were imposed. ”

Mr Adair said McDougall would shortly be moving into her own tenancy in Brunswick House in Mountblow.

“There has been no further offending since your Lordship dealt with her by imposing the original order,” Mr Adair continued.

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Sheriff Pender told McDougall: “These were orders imposed as direct alternatives to custodial sentences, and the obvious step today is to revoke those orders and send you into custody.

“However, in light of the social work report, and against my better judgement, I have decided that you will be given a final chance to comply.”

Sheriff Pender said he would allow the original CPO to remain in place, but with two new requirements - one placing McDougall under social workers’ supervision for a year, and the other requiring her to attend drug and/or alcohol counselling as directed.

He also added a further 240 hours of unpaid work to the order, telling McDougall to complete the hours within 10 months.