A man has appeared in court charged with slashing another man in the face in Troon and robbing him of a mobile phone after allegedly trying to stab him.

Paul Cairney denied all the charges against him during a brief hearing at Ayr Sheriff Court.

The charges arose out of incidents alleged to have taken place in the town in the summer of 2023.

The 36-year-old faces charges of assault and robbery to another person’s injury and permanent disfigurement, threatening or abusive behaviour, and drug possession.

He is accused of causing fear and alarm to a woman by repeatedly sending voice notes and making a phone call, all of which were allegedly of a threatening nature, between June 8 and July 18 last year.

It’s further alleged that he later assaulted a man and attempted to stab him on the Ballast Bank in the town on July 18.

The Crown’s indictment claims that Cairney slashed the other man on the face with a knife or similar object, allegedly leaving the man severely injured and permanently disfigured, and that he then robbed the same man of a mobile phone.

Cairney faces a third charge of possessing cannabis at Wellbeck House in the town’s Bentinck Drive on July 20.

The Crown claims that all the alleged offences were committed while Cairney was the subject of a bail order granted at Hamilton Sheriff Court on June 15, 2020.

The accused appeared via video link at the hearing, when defence solicitor Terry Gallanagh said his client was pleading not guilty.

Mr Gallanagh said the drug possession charge would not be proceeding to any future trial and would be dealt with under a joint minute of facts agreed with the Crown.

Mr Cairney will appear in court to face the allegations at a later date.

All accused persons reported in the Ayr Advertiser are considered innocent, unless they later admit to, or are found guilty of, the charge or charges against them.