A HELENSBURGH man who admitted acting in a threatening manner while holding a machete in the presence of police officers will be sentenced in two months’ time.

Barry Miller, 37, of East King Street, was due to find out his fate at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Friday.

Miller had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, likely to cause fear and alarm, towards police at his flat on March 28, 2018.

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He was originally accused by prosecutors of brandishing the weapon at police officers, but the Crown agreed to accept a plea of guilty to the less serious charge of acting in a threatening manner while holding the weapon in the presence of police.

But Miller was not present in court when the case called on Friday – and his lawyer, Stephen McGuire, said his client was absent because he was in the very early stages of a rehabilitation scheme.

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Sheriff William Gallacher said: “I’m going to defer sentence for two months to see how he does in rehab.

“At that stage we can examine where we are.”

Miller will return to court for sentencing on September 26.