A DUNFERMLINE dad became aggressive when he tried to drop off his children at their mother's and she wasn't there.

Anthony Lafferty got into a heated exchange with his former partner and punched a door.

The woman locked the door after the incident and phoned the police.

Lafferty, 31, of Wedderburn Street, previously admitted that on March 18 at an address in Kelty, he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear or alarm in that he did shout, swear, act in an aggressive manner, refuse to leave when asked to do so, utter threats of violence and punch and damage a door.

Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard that Lafferty and his father had attended at the address to return his children to their mother.

While this was occurring he spoke to his ex-partner and began shouting and swearing at her.

He said to her: "If I find out anything, I will kill you."

At this point Lafferty followed his ex into her house and there was an exchange between the two.

He then punched a door, causing the panel to crack.

Defence solicitor Ian Beatson said: "Mr Lafferty is reliant on his father collecting the children and on that day his father had an appointment that he couldn't miss.

"He asked his former partner if he could return the children early and she agreed.

"But she was 45 minutes late and he acted in the manner explained.

"He regrets that. He has had a great relationship with his ex-partner. She also wishes for the bail conditions to be removed.

"He does deeply regret the incident."

Sheriff Simon Collins sentenced Lafferty to 90 hours unpaid work.