A COURIER who tried to smash his way into a family’s home in a drunken stupor may be spared a criminal conviction over the rampage – so he can take his own kids on holiday.

Haroon Khan, 37, was so drunk following a barbecue on August 19 this year that he tried to enter the wrong house.

He lost his bearings after drinking all day and took a wrong turn after walking through Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club, in Bridge of Weir, ending up five minutes from his Dalmahoy Crescent home, and up a driveway in Glendentan Road.

He was only prevented gaining entry to the property because the homeowners had put a chain on.

So drunk he thought he was at his own home, Khan began shouting and swearing and threatening the occupants.

The police arrived, giving Khan another target for his frustrations, leading to him being arrested.

He was released on an undertaking to appear at Paisley Sheriff Court and held his hands up over the incident when he appeared in the dock.

Khan admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause a reasonable person fear or alarm.

But defence solicitor Gemma Rathey successfully earned Khan a reprieve by asking for him not to be convicted, despite admitting criminal conduct.

She said Khan has a young family who would be affected in two ways by a conviction.

The lawyer added he required disclosure clearance as part of his job as a courier, so a conviction could affect his job and potentially his livelihood.

And she said it would scupper his chances of being able to take his daughters to America due to holiday visa rules in the US.

Sheriff Linda Smith agreed to defer conviction for background reports to be prepared and adjourned the case until next month for that to be done.

She told Khan to save up £500 so he can pay compensation to the family for the incident.

Khan is set to learn his fate when he returns to the dock on November 2.