A MAN has appeared in court charged with spitting at police officers, threatening to kill them, and claiming he had HIV.

Robert Fraser denies two charges of assaulting police, one of threatening behaviour and one of resisting arrest following an alleged incident on Main Street in Ayr.

The 52-year-old is alleged to have shouted and swore, and to have threatened to kill police witnesses, on April 28, 2023.

The charge states he then threatened "to spit in their mouths knowing you have HIV". 

It's alleged he resisted, obstructed or hindered two police constables, one male and the other female, tensing his arms in an effort to prevent handcuffs being applied. 

It's alleged he then assaulted the female officer by spitting at her, striking her face, and that he then spat on the male officer, striking him on the head.

The accused, represented by defence solicitor Steven Maxwell, pleaded not guilty to the charges when he appeared at Ayr Sheriff Court last week.

The pre-trial hearing was adjourned and Mr Fraser, whose address was listed in court papers as c/o HMP Kilmarnock, was returned to custody.

He will return to court later in the year.

All accused persons reported in the Ayr Advertiser are considered innocent unless found or later admit to being guilty.