A man with a "considerable drink problem" has been ordered to stay at home for the next four months.

Stefan Tait, of Forth Street, Whitecrook, appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on February 6 over offences more than three years old.

The 29-year-old previously admitted failing to appear at the court after bail orders in 2019 and 2020.

While he was on one of the orders, at Cleddans View, Kirkoswald Drive, on October 10, 2020, he engaged in a sex act in a public place.

And earlier that year, on April 25, at his home, he shouted, swore and threatened to spit at police officers.

For the April 2020 crime, he was put on a community payback order (CPO) for 18 months of supervision, and 175 hours of unpaid work. And there was a requirement he deal with his alcohol problem.

When he was back at court last week, defence solicitor Judith Reid said alcohol "underpins all his problems".

She said the drinking was serious enough to put him in hospital in September last year.

"The [social work] report largely speaks for itself," she said. "He has a considerable drink problem and hopefully a corner has been turned following a period in hospital.

"He is doing what he can to deal with that problem.

"He accepts he is sailing pretty close to the wind in terms of non-compliance."

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry told him: "These cases are of some vintage but they have to be dealt with.

"If I was sending you to prison, the maximum available is five years."

He revoked the existing CPO for the April 2020 offence and imposed a new one with social work supervision for another 18 months. He must take any alcohol counselling or treatment as directed.

Tait must also do 150 hours of unpaid work in the community within a year. And he must stay at home between 7pm to 7am for four months.

Sentence was deferred on the other three matters for good behaviour - and will be available for separate punishments if he steps out of line.