A DUNFERMLINE man already on a community payback for serious anti-social offences has been back in the dock after threatening to kill police officers.

Kenneth Grindlay, 33, of Mackie Place, appeared from custody at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on March 1, while being conveyed in a police vehicle between Allan Crescent and Dunfermline police station, he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, swearing, making homophobic remarks and threatening to kill police officers.

He also failed to appear for a previous court date on March 22.

Defence solicitor Roshni Joshi said her client had significant mental health difficulties and his offending was a result of “excessive consumption of alcohol”.

She said his position was that he had done nothing wrong and “he took issue with the police arresting him”.

Sheriff Craig McSherry called for reports and Grindlay will be sentenced on July 4.

Last year, Grindlay was put on a community payback order with two years’ supervision, although a sheriff said he should be sent to jail.

He targeted a woman with learning difficulties at a bus stop in Rosyth and also threatened to kill another woman after she left a bingo hall.

He also caused a previous disturbance at Dunfermline police station by struggling violently with officers and repeatedly uttering racially offensive remarks.

A 52-year-old Kirkcaldy woman with learning difficulties was waiting at a bus stop when Grindlay sat next to her, started calling her offensive names and said he was going to “batter” her.

On that occasion, Sheriff Richard McFarlane told Grindlay: “You drink too much, you then target in public places complete strangers with the most offensive comments."

The sheriff told Grindlay: “You should be going to prison” for what he described as “this wholly unwarranted, unacceptable and anti-social behaviour”.

However, he decided to give him another chance by placing him on a community payback order.