A BARRHEAD boxer has been spared jail over a rammy with his girlfriend for the THIRD time.

Ryan Downer, 23, has previously been spared jail twice for offences against his former partner Caitlin O’Donnell.

And at Paisley Sheriff Court last week, he once again left the building via the front door as a free man, rather than the back door in handcuffs as a newly-jailed prisoner.

Downer, of Dunterlie Court, went to Miss O’Donnell’s home in the early hours one morning in March, battering a window and shouting and swearing.

He admitted his guilt over the offence previously and sentence was deferred for him to be of good behaviour.

When he returned to the dock on Thursday, Sheriff Lindsey Kooner was told he had behaved himself since then, with no further offences committed.

She could have caged him for up to 18 months for the offence or placed him on a Community Payback Order (CPO) but, instead, opted to fine him £405.

Earlier this year, talented fighter Downer was placed on a CPO for seeing red after allegedly being sent a picture of his child’s toys covered in white powder.

He went to Miss O’Donnell’s home in Barrhead on May 5 this year, refused to leave and then bawled offensive remarks at her.

Downer was placed on a year-long CPO for that offence, with an order made that he should be supervised by social workers and carry out 245 hours of unpaid work within eight months.

He was also placed on a 12-month-long Non-Harassment Order which banned him from approaching or contacting Miss O’Donnell.

Last year, he was spared jail for a separate rammy with Miss O’Donnell, who was 16 weeks’ pregnant at the time.

On that occasion, Downer lost the plot and smashed up a house during a row about whether or not he was the father of their child.

It was stated that he had gone on a bender while struggling to cope with the loss of his job and the death of a close friend.

Downer, then of Lyoncross Avenue, Barrhead, was placed on a year-long CPO that instructed him to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in 10 months, as well as going to alcohol and drug counselling when directed to do so by his social work supervisor.