A CLYDEBANK man who assaulted his former partner by striking her on the head with a lighter has been ordered to carry out unpaid work in the community.

Dumbarton Sheriff Court heard last Tuesday that Greg Elliot carried out the attack at a flat in Clydebank in October last year.

The 33-year-old, who lives in Jane Rae Gardens, was described in court as having a “good, well paid job” but had struggled with a number of tragedies in his personal life.

Elliot’s defence solicitor said he had “used alcohol as a crutch” and told the court that there was “no real malice” in the incident.

Sheriff John Hamilton said: “Violence is not the solution, nor is drink.”

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Elliot was handed a community payback order and told to complete 120 hours of unpaid work within six months.

He will also be subject to supervision for six months and a non-harassment order was issued for a period of two years.