A CLYDEBANK thug who torched a flat in an argument over a dog was today jailed for 16 months.

Intoxicated Tyler Nimmo, 24, threw lit plastic into the letterbox of a 10th floor flat at 135 Kirkton Avenue in Knightswood in the early hours of a date in December last year.

Flat occupant, asthma sufferer Melissa McBlain, 36, awoke to find clouds of smoke in her bedroom.

Miss McBlain’s brother, 29-year-old Derek, had argued with Nimmo earlier that night.

Nimmo, previously of Milton Douglas Road, Clydebank, pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to wilful fire raising to the danger of Miss McBlain’s life.

Sheriff Martin Jones QC told Nimmo: “To set fire to an occupied house where there is someone sleeping is an extremely serious matter.

“You put that woman’s life at risk; but for her waking up it could have been much worse.

“You are fortunate the consequences were not more serious.”

Brian Lanigan, defence lawyer, said: “Mr McBlain had been living at the flat on and off.”

The court heard that he had put a knife to Nimmo's dog's throat and this had led to the row.

Nimmo then got into the building’s lift with a piece of plastic.

Mr Lanigan said: “He was intensely intoxicated and was talking to himself and was pointing to his reflection engaging in a full blown conversation.”

Nimmo then made a “gesture” to the CCTV which indicated an “explosion.”

The CCTV showed Nimmo re-entering the lift moments later.

Miss McBlain was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

She was released from hospital in the same day.