A NEILSTON teenager was locked up for Christmas over claims he tried to strangle his girlfriend after holding her hostage and refusing to let her eat, drink or use the toilet.

Gary Andrews, of Craig Road, is said to have attacked Georgia McLaughlin at a property in Main Street, Neilston, on December 23.

Prosecutors claim 19-year-old Andrews wrapped a cord around her neck and tried to strangle her with it.

Andrews also faces a charge of breaking bail conditions imposed on November 2 last year when he carried out the alleged strangling bid.

He faces a further two charges relating to alleged events said to have been committed between November 15 and 16.

Prosecutors claim he again broke his bail conditions by being with Miss McLaughlin at his home and assaulted her by detaining her in his home against her will.

It is alleged that Andrews locked her within his flat, refused to let her leave and prevented her from eating, drinking or using the toilet.

He is also said to have assaulted her by repeatedly pulling her hair, grabbing her by the arms, grabbing her throat, punching her on the head, hitting her in the face with an unknown weapon and placing a pillow over her face.

Andrews was detained over the allegations and held in police custody before appearing in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court on Christmas Eve.

He made no plea to the four charges against him.

Sheriff Colin Pettigrew continued the case for prosecutors to investigate further and remanded Andrews in custody.