A MAN found lurking in someone’s garden in Maybole during the early hours then breaching bail orders has been given a chance to show that he can keep his nose clean.

Colin Sloey was caught at a property in Cassilis Road on June 4 last year – in circumstances where it could be “reasonably inferred” that he intended to commit a theft.

And police then found the 42-year-old had breached a bail condition by entering nearby Kirkland Street the same night.

The procurator fiscal depute told Ayr Sheriff Court: “At 1.40am the occupant of the address was in the property and heard a noise.

“They observed Mr Sloey bent over the gas meter outside his door. They banged the door to make him aware they had seen him. Mr Sloey walked away.

“Police attended and traced Mr Sloan in Kirkland Street. and observed his bail conditions.”

John Gallagher, defending, said: “This offence happened at a difficult time. He was in a very fractious relationship. Things have moved on since then.”

Sheriff Siobhan Connolly said: “This behaviour would have been very concerning for the homeowner.”

Sentence on Sloey, now of Titchfield Road Troon, was deferred for three months for good behaviour.