A DOTING dad ended up in a stand-off with police after going on a booze binge to cope with the stress of caring for his disabled son.

Barrhead man Jamie McMaster has a son who suffers from cerebral palsy – and the stress of looking after the youngster is said to be the reason he went on a two-hour rampage during a drinking session in his home town last month.

McMaster, 31, trashed the house he was in, smashing the television and forcing the woman who lived there to flee in floods of tears, before lobbing things out the window and barricading himself inside.

The details emerged when McMaster, who had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive way, returned to the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court last week to learn his fate.

Procurator fiscal depute Ruth Cockburn said the incident took place at a flat in Saunders Court, Barrhead, on September 22.

She added: “The accused’s partner attended at the house and tried to pick the accused up. He refused to leave as he was intoxicated. She left without him.

“The accused picked up the TV, threw it onto the floor and jumped on it. The accused became more and more aggressive and started smashing up the address.”

McMaster then opened a window and started lobbing items onto the street.

Miss Cockburn said: “Two anonymous phone calls were made to the police, regarding a male going berserk and a male and female screaming at each other at the locus.”

Officers tried to gain access but McMaster barricaded himself inside.

Eventually, he agreed to let officers in and was detained but, as he was being taken to a police station, he threatened them with violence.

Defence solicitor Terry Gallanagh told Sheriff Sukhwinder Gill that McMaster’s 10-year-old son has cerebral palsy.

The lawyer explained: “He and his partner have dedicated their lives to the care and wellbeing of the child. He has advised me he has felt under a great deal of pressure recently.”

Sheriff Gill, who could have caged McMaster for up to a year for the offence, allowed him to walk free.

She told him: “

I do see that you’re a caring and loving father and it can’t be easy looking after a son with the health difficulties I’ve heard about.

“I’m prepared to deal with it in an unusual way.”

She deferred sentence on McMaster for six months for him to be of good behaviour and told him to return to the dock in April to learn his fate.