A CLYDEBANK thug has been slammed for his "despicable" and "shameful" behaviour towards his partner after he subjected her to a tirade of foul-mouthed abuse.

John Paul Templeton lost his temper and blamed his partner for hiding a bottle of Buckfast from him.

And then two days later he lost the rag again – prompting his partner to call a friend who asked police to attend.

Templeton, 33, appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week for sentencing.

He had previously pleaded guilty to calling her derogatory names, shouting and swearing, utter intimidating remarks with his arm in an aggressive manner.

Fiscal depute Alastair Miller said Templeton - previously of George Crescent, Clydebank, and now of Helmsdale Court, Cambuslang - and his partner had been in an "on and off" relationship for seven years, which she had tried to end several times.

On January 25 this year, they were due to go for drinks, but Templeton became abusive and said "look at the f***ing state of you" and "I can do f***ing better than you".

Templeton left, but they were together again later, and he blamed her for hiding his bottle of Buckfast.

Mr Millar said Templeton had warned that "if he didn't get his booze back, he might as well kill himself".

Two days later, when Templeton said he wasn't feeling well, he blamed the events of January 25 and again became abusive, calling his partner a "fat cow" and "f***ing grass".

He threw open the kitchen door with enough force it caused a big bang. Templeton said he didn't care that people were sleeping.

The woman called a friend who attended and said police were on their way.

The court was told that Templeton then walked over to his partner with a clenched fist and said: "If you were a guy, I would have knocked your head off."

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry interjected and said Templeton's behaviour was "pretty despicable behaviour towards any member of the human race", let alone a partner.

The partner told the Crown she did not want a non-harassment order against Templeton.

At an earlier hearing Templeton had been granted bail, but told he must not approach the woman or enter the street where she lives.

Defence solicitor Phil Lafferty said: "He has abided by the bail conditions. He recognises the issues that have played a part in this situation."

Sheriff Hendry said: "It's shameful behaviour. I'm slightly surprised she would be open to consider reconciliation.

"I would like to know, if it's possible to know one way or another, if reconciliation is on the cards."

Sentence was further deferred until November 8, but special bail restrictions preventing Templeton from going into the partner's street were removed.