A DAD caught with around £1500 of drugs in his van dodged jail despite an "appalling" criminal record.

Glasgow Sheriff Court was told how Anthony Stewart had been pulled over in his white Fiat van by cops out on patrol.

Depute fiscal Sat Singh told the court how on April 29, 2020, around 12.25pm, police were on Kirkintilloch Road when their attention was drawn to the vehicle.

They carried out a routine document check and Stewart, who was behind the wheel, was spoken to about the reason for the stop.

During the check, officers spotted a bag of white paste in the driver's door.

Stewart said: "That's mine," the court was told.

Police discovered a further quantity of white paste that was found to be amphetamines and a quantity of tablets of Etizolam, or street valium,

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that the amphetamine was valued at £180 while the street valium had a value of between £690 and £1300.

Stewart's defence brief said the amphetamine was for his own use while the Etizolam was for social use.

The lawyer said: "He didn't want to get anyone else in to trouble but three other people gave him the money to buy it.

"Nothing else was found - no paraphernalia.

"He has an unenviable record and knows your Lordship could simply send him to custody today.

"He was 35 when he started getting in to trouble and that was at the same time he had an industrial accident."

The solicitor went on to tell the court how Stewart fell from scaffolding, hurt his back and suffered a head injury, leaving him largely unable to work.

He added: "In the past 20 years his record does him no credit but he lost his employment and became desperate."

The court heard the 54-year-old has a 20-year-old daughter living at home and caring duties for his brother.

Sheriff Jonathan Guy said: "This is a serious offence and the social supply of drugs is clearly a concerning matter.

"You have an appalling record in relation to the misuse of drugs and a significant custodial record in relation to the supply of drugs.

"If you were sent to custody your daughter would need to move out of her home and the caring responsibilities you have, you would not be able to carry them out."

As a direct alternative to custody, Stewart was placed on a community payback order with two years supervision and given 200 hours of unpaid work to carry out within 16 months.

He was also tagged for 145 days, keeping him at home between 7pm and 7am.