A man is facing trial for threatening to kill a female police officer in Ayr by spitting in her mouth, knowing he had HIV.

Robert Fraser, 54, denies three charges in connection with an incident alleged to have taken place in the town's Main Street on April 28, 2022.

It is claimed he was shouting and swearing at two officers as they tried to arrest him and that he then made the alleged threat.

He is also charged with assaulting the female officer by spitting at her and striking her on the face, and with assaulting a male officer by spitting on him, and striking him on the head.

He faces another charge of resisting arrest and hindering the two constables in the execution of their duty by tensing his arms to prevent handcuffs being applied.

Ayr Sheriff Court was told that Fraser, who was described in court papers as a remand prisoner at HMP Kilmarnock, was awaiting psychiatric reports prior to standing trial.

The procurator fiscal said Fraser had refused to attend an appointment, but that he now says he had no memory of that happening.

A trial date was set for May, subject to the required report being available, and the case was continued until then.