A MAN has been condemned for acting like an eight-year-old when he shot a woman with a BB gun.

Dean Todd, of Garscadden View, Clydebank, pleaded guilty in January to assault and striking the woman on the body to her injury.

The 28-year-old returned to Dumbarton Sheriff Court on March 19 for sentencing after the original charge was significantly reduced.

Prosecutors had previously said how on May 24, 2022, Todd had gone to a property in the town's Glendevon Place where he was drinking with a pal and a woman.

The householder brought out two toy BB handguns which are considered toys, not actual firearms.

A target was set up in the living room for Todd to shoot at - and he instead pointed it at the woman and fired three shots at her body. Two hit her left hip and the third hit her upper left quad.

He later handed himself into Clydebank police office.

At sentencing, defence solicitor Scott Adair said: "What happened that night what was he and his pal had effectively done to each other."

Sheriff William Gallacher asked if Todd was eight.

He added: "That's the sort of thing he could have been doing when he was eight, not an adult.

"What could have happened could have been far, far worse."

Mr Adair said when his client and his friend would fire the guns, "they would do it to their backsides".

The sheriff told Todd that the impact could have been far different and condemned his "utter disregard for other people".

He said: "This was an act of utter stupidity. What you were doing was creating serious harm."

Todd was put on a community payback order with supervision by social workers for 15 months. He was also ordered to do 140 hours of unpaid work within 12 months.