A MAN is to complete a community pay order after challenging police officers to a fight.

William Dalton, of Minnoch Crescent Maybole, admitted to shouting and swearing at police officers whilst challenging them to fight and then struggling violently curing his arrest at Donald Crescent Troon on August 19.

The 39-year-old appeared before Sheriff Desmond Leslie at Ayr Sheriff Court last week.

Depute Fiscal, Andrew Lazzarin, explained: “At 5:50pm, the police were contacted about the accused. The police attended and were directed to the living room, where he was found sitting on the couch.

“The accused was told by the officers that he was being detained. He began shouting “f**king come on then” and struggled with them, saying, “I’ll stick the head on you – let me out of these cuffs”.

“The accused was taken away and answered, ‘no comment’ during his interview.”

Speaking on his behalf, defence solicitor Mr Gillies, said: “At the time of this offence he was living with the complainer, who was his partner, however, they are no longer together.

“He was under pressure in relation to his partners mental health issues and was drinking. The complainer made allegations towards him. He was just sitting in the flat, unbeknown to what was going on.

“He reacted very badly and he very much regrets the incident – my client is not without his own difficulties and I think he would benefit from a community payback order.”

Sheriff Leslie ordered Dalton to carry out a community payback order with 12 months supervision, with 120 hours of unpaid work, to be completed within three months.