A ROSNEATH man who assaulted a woman and ripped her clothes from her during a domestic disturbance has been ordered to carry out unpaid work as a punishment.

Gary Cumming, 31, who now lives at Rosneath Caravan Park, repeatedly struck the woman on the head and body, pushed her on to a bed and ripped her clothing from her body to her injury during the incident at his former home address in Howie Crescent on June 14 last year.

He also faced a second charge of wilfully damaging a mobile phone, smashing it, during the incident.

Cumming was appearing at Dumbarton Sheriff Court to be sentenced for the offence. He had pleaded guilty to both charges during an earlier appearance on September 29 and he appeared back in court in December when sentencing was deferred for three months to allow him to remain of good behaviour.

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry said at that time: "If in three months you have been in no further trouble then I will look to bring this matter to an end and I will be able to deal with it far more leniently, but what happens is entirely up to you."

When he appeared back in the dock last week the sheriff told Cumming: "You have done what was required of you in terms of behaving yourself. I was invited to impose a non-harassment order but you don't have a record and there's been no repetition since then.

The sheriff imposed a community payback order with the conditions that Cumming complete 80 hours of unpaid work in respect of the assault charge and a further 40 hours for smashing the phone; a total of 120 hours to be completed within eight months. The hours were reduced to reflect the fact he had remained of good behaviour. The order was imposed as a direct alternative to custody.