A MAN who threatened to “jump all over the head” of his ex partner has been warned that unless he cleans up his act then his “loutish, thuggish and misogynistic behaviour” will land him in prison.

Twenty-year-old Joseph McCormick was spared a jail sentence after appearing at Dumbarton Sheriff Court to be sentenced for sending a grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing call to his former girlfriend 18 months ago.

McCormick, formerly of Alexandria but listed in court papers as now living in Muirshiel Crescent, Glasgow, had pleaded guilty to repeatedly uttering threats of violence towards the woman.

The court heard that on October 26, 2018, McCormick was in the now-closed John Browns bar in Chalmers Street, Clydebank, when he phoned his former partner.

The fiscal depute said: “The witness was within her property and received a call at 4.30pm from a number she did not recognise.

“She heard the voice of the accused and the phone was placed on loudspeaker. He could be heard saying: ‘I’ve got a key to your house. I’m going to jump all over your head. Expect your windows to be smashed when you get home, I’m putting a brick through your windows.’”

Defence solicitor Martha Rafferty told the court: “Looking at Mr McCormick’s record it would appear that between the age of 18 and 19 there was a lot of offending, which is not acceptable to the court and he is deeply ashamed by it.

“He attributes this to his use of cocaine and alcohol.

“He does accept full responsibility for the offence he pleaded guilty to and he has remorse for that.

“It was quite an abusive relationship on both sides.

“He has worked hard to address his cocaine problem and he tells me he has not had it in four months. He now drinks moderately.”

The court heard that McCormick is currently serving two community payback orders for separate offences and still has 99 hours of unpaid work outstanding.

Sheriff John Hamilton said: “This provides a clear insight into your loutish, thuggish and misogynistic behaviour.”

McCormick was placed under social workers’ supervision for 12 months and must attend the Caledonian System, a programme for men convicted of domestic abuse offences.

McCormick’s mother, sat in the public gallery, accused the sheriff of treating her son “like an animal” before being escorted from the courtroom.

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The sheriff concluded: “When her wee boy gets a dressing-down she doesn’t like that. This dressing-down is appropriate and you know that.”