AN INVERKEITHING man has been fined after approaching a teenage boy while drunk and offering him money. 

Scott Gallagher, 35, of Spittalfield Crescent, previously admitted that on August 2, 2015, at the same address, he did behave in a threatening or abusive manner which was likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm. 

Depute fiscal told Dunfermline Sheriff Court: “At about 8.30pm, the complainer was walking through an alleyway and the accused was a few steps in front.

"Gallagher turned around to face the complainer and offered him money but the boy refused. The father of the complainer was contacted and he attended the scene. He knew the accused from school.

"Gallagher apologised before heading off and the police were contacted by the father.”

Defence solicitor Jennifer Simpson said the incident took place in a narrow alley. 

“Mr Gallagher was heavily under the influence of alcohol and has no recollection of the events,” she said. 

“Many have asked him, why would he give the money out, but he’s explained that it’s just something he does. 

"He understands that the boy would have been alarmed.”

Gallagher was fined £240.