A Drumchapel man was banned from a town but kept returning anyway, a court has heard.

Brian Andrew had court orders not to set foot in Milngavie or to have any contact with his ex.

But he not only broke those court orders but then failed to appear at Dumbarton Sheriff Court for trials on the matter.

When he did appear on August 29, from custody, he pleaded guilty to breaking a bail order by being in Milngavie in August 2021.

He also admitted not appearing for trial on January 23, 2023.

On February 9, 2023, he was in Lennox Park, Milngavie in breach of the bail order, resulting in two charges. And on May 9, 2023, he again failed to appear at court.

He pleaded not guilty to a charge of repeatedly going to his ex's home on various dates in 2021, banging on a door and windows, attending with flowers and gives, and repeatedly entering the home without authorisation.

The Crown accepted the not guilty plea.

The court was told that the initial incident was now two years old. He had been in a relationship for 13 years with the woman.

At 12.45pm on August 4, 2021, the woman saw Andrew was slumped over, intoxicated. He was asked to leave several times and police were called.

When officers arrived, she said he was hiding in a back cupboard.

Despite already breaking the ban to set foot in Milngavie, Andrew was found slumped over on a bench in Lennox Park. There had been reports of a man in dark clothing staggering around in a play park. He appeared drowsy and had slurred speech, the court heard.

His defence solicitor said her client had previously served 14 months in prison.

She said there was no "fear or alarm" caused to the former partner when Andrew turned up.

The solicitor said he had "sought solace in alcohol and street valium" but knew he should not have been in his ex's home. And when he didn't appear for trial in January, he didn't have the money to travel to court.

In the second incident of being in Milngavie, he had got stuck there by train and had not intended to go.

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry said: "He was lucky to get as many chances as he did."

He deferred sentence to September 27 for social work reports to be prepared.