A MAN caught with a knife in Dalmuir has been given a second punishment for the crime.

Michael Doherty, 23, of West Court, Mountblow, had the blade on December 9, 2017 at Crescent Court and pleaded guilty last March.

When police were called to reports of a disturbance around 12.05am, they saw Doherty run from a stairwell, right into the path of cops.

And when one tried to stop Doherty, they saw a large serrated kitchen knife in one hand.

A year earlier, Doherty had admitted having a blade at Milngavie rail station, where he was believed to be under the influence of drugs.

At Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week, Doherty was said to have complied with the previous community payback order (CPO). It included two years of supervision by social workers and 300 hours of unpaid work in the community - the maximum.

Defence solicitor Kenny Clark said his client had abstained from alcohol and any criminal conduct, and was continuing to attend at alcohol counselling.

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Sheriff Maxwell Hendry told Doherty: “I think we see an improvement but it’s all quite precarious.

“This was an offence that could have resulted in you being sent to prison for years and years.

“I think you’re inching forward and heading in the right direction.”

Doherty was put on a new CPO with supervision for another 18 months and 160 hours of unpaid work within nine months.

The sheriff added: “If you comply, then in 18 months, the order will come to an end and you will have no further appearances before this court.”