An Ayr man told police he would shoot them if he had a gun when they found him lying passed out on the floor of his home.

Officers roused Robin Scott when they made a welfare call at his home in the town – but when he came to, he told cops they were “worse than the devil”.

The 54-year-old appeared in the dock at the town’s sheriff court from custody – and was warned that he’ll spend the winter in jail if he doesn’t accept help from the authorities.

Scott had initially failed to turn up for a court hearing on charges of threatening or abusive behaviour at his home in Mill Street on July 21.

When he was brought into court Scott was asked by Sheriff Dianne Turner how he was, to which he replied: “Not too bad.”

The procurator fiscal depute said: “The locus was the accused’s home address. At 12.30pm officers attended after welfare concerns for the accused. 

“Officers entered the property through the unsecured door.  

“The accused was seen lying under a piece of furniture. He appeared to be in difficulty. 

“They attempted to speak to the accused who became agitated. 

He shouted: “Get out my house you p***ks - you’re worse than the devil."

He added: “If I had a gun I would f***ing shoot you.” 

The fiscal depute continued: “He was arrested and conveyed to Kilmarnock police office.” 

Sheriff Turner told Scott: “So police came to check on you as they were a bit worried. 

“Either you accept the help from social workers or, as we’re in October, you'll end up back in jail all winter."

Sheriff Turner granted bail and deferred sentence until next month, adding: "I will try to keep you out of jail, but we need you to work with us."