A man caught breaching a non-harassment order tried to escape cops by fleeing to a roof.

Stephen McNeil had gone to a property to give cash to a relative - not realising his ex-partner, who he is banned from being near, would be there.

Cops were called to the property during the incident, on December 18, 2021, by the woman who said there was someone at her front door she wanted removed.

This week Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how, when he realised police were on their way, he climbed out of the window of the Castlemilk flat and made it onto the roof.

The court was told how cops saw him on the roof and tried to engage with him to come down.

The depute fiscal said: "Instead, he lay prone on the roof refusing to engage for 30 minutes."

Fire crews were then called out to help with removing the 36-year-old from the building.

Cops then saw him fall around 10ft onto a second roof.

After a short time of eventually speaking to officers, he got himself down and was checked over by paramedics.

McNeil was not injured and was taken to Cathcart police station under arrest. 

His defence brief, Mr McArdle, said McNeil had not realised his ex-partner would be home and that he was trying to "do something altruistic" by bringing the money.

Mr McArdle added: "He thought he could make good his escape by getting up onto the roof.

"That decision was completely wrong."

The court heard McNeil is engaged with the Caledonian men's project, which aims to tackle domestic abuse. 

Sheriff Diana McConnell described his record as "bad" but said she had a very positive assessment of his progress from social workers.

She added: "This really was an abuse of the emergency services.

"They turned up on this occasion because of your thoughtless conduct."

McNeil was placed on a community payback order and told to carry out 216 hours of unpaid work within 12 months.