A MAN will find out his latest punishment for assault when he gets released from prison later this month.

Craig Derrick appeared at Alloa Sheriff Court last Thursday, September 6, from prison where he is currently serving a short sentence.

He appeared for sentencing after pleading guilty to two charges in July.

The charges state that on April 25 of this year, Derrick repeatedly punched a man on the head at an address on Carseview, Tullibody.

The complaint was amended to remove an allegation of kicking the man on the head.

The second charge states that on May 15 of this year, the accused caused fear and alarm by making threats and using homophobic slurs towards someone.

Another charge of being in possession of a hammer on this date was dropped.

Claire McCarron, representing the 29-year-old, told the court that he had benefitted from a stint in prison. The defence lawyer added that her client’s life had recently “spiralled”.

Sheriff Linda Smith deferred sentence until December 13 as Derrick, of Carseview, is currently on a long community payback order (CPO).

The sheriff wishes to see how the accused gets on when liberated before imposing a new sentence.