A HOMELESS Faifley man who tried to smash his way into a house, putting his wife in a state of fear and alarm, has had his sentence deferred for him to be of good behaviour.

David Campbell, 57, admitted repeatedly kicking and banging on the door of a home in Abbeylands Road – while his wife was cowering inside. The incident happened on December 17.

Defence agent, Mr Lambie, told Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Tuesday: “He [Campbell] pled guilty at his first appearance, and sentence had been deferred for background reports.

“He has been in Gartnavel Hospital for two weeks, where he went on a voluntary basis, but is due to be discharged tomorrow and will return to homeless accommodation.”

The lawyer then asked Sheriff William Gallacher to defer sentence for his client to prove he could be of good behaviour, adding: “He had taken a combination of alcohol and drugs, but he is now estranged from his wife.”

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Sheriff Gallacher replied: “Clearly things have gone awry, but I am going to defer sentence.

“Your bail order is continued, and I will then think if the court has to put you under supervision of the social work department.”

He then deferred sentence until April 7, but warned Campbell to be of good behaviour until then.