A FOUR-HOUR stand-off between a Dunfermline man and police officers has resulted in him being jailed for a year.

Michael Collins got into a fight with a taxi driver earlier in the day before threatening to cut his own throat with a knife when police arrived to speak to him.

Collins, 33, currently a prisoner, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on August 31 in Blackburn Avenue, Dunfermline, he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, swearing, repeatedly cutting his body and repeatedly holding knives against his body.

And at Bothwell Street, Dunfermline, he admitted struggling and fighting with a man.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said that the incidents began when Collins was a passenger in a taxi. He got into an argument and then a fight with the driver.

The matter was reported to the police and they traced him to a house in Blackburn Avenue.

Collins was seen by officers shouting from a window, apparently intoxicated.

“He was bare-chested and had cuts on his arms,” added the depute.

More officers were called to the scene and during the next four hours he threatened to further injure himself and held a knife to his throat.

Defence solicitor Gwen Haggerty said: “He was accused of the theft of money in the taxi by the driver and became embroiled in a struggle.

“He had consumed alcohol. The police came and as it was a Friday night he couldn’t face the thought of being in custody over the weekend.”

She added that her client still had the scars from the knife wounds he had inflicted on himself.

Collins was just about to complete his last jail term but he has now been sent back for this latest offence.

Sheriff Craig McSherry jailed him for 12 months