A CLYDEBANK man must carry out 180 hours of unpaid work after abusing his former partner in an early morning phone call – and threatening to blow up her brother’s car.

Graeme Stevenson was issued with a community payback order last Tuesday after appearing at Dumbarton Sheriff Court charged with the domestic offence.

The hearing was told 30-year-old Stevenson, of Graham Avenue, called his ex at 3.40am on January 7.

The pair had been in a relationship for four years.

Stevenson was under the influence when he made the call from Hood Street and began a conversation about his seeing a child, before an argument started and he became irate.

According to the fiscal depute, Stevenson threatened to blow up the car of the witness’s brother and “do in his missus”.

The call lasted for 10 minutes and was overheard by another party who reported it to the police.

Stevenson, who was on bail at the time from Glasgow Sheriff Court, pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear or alarm by shouting and uttering threats of violence.

His solicitor said: “He had set contact [with the child] and that was blocked. He felt this was wrong and stupidly took alcohol and phoned the witness in the early morning.

“I think it is fair to say that in parts of the conversation she gave as good as she got. He has got a record which goes back a long way.

Click here for all the latest news from Clydebank and the surrounding areas

“Given his conduct on this particular day and the fact that it is likely he will have some part to play in this child’s life, a community payback order would be best.”

Sheriff John Hamilton placed Stevenson under social workers’ supervision for 12 months and told him to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work in the community within six months. He will also have to attend a care programme.