A DUNFERMLINE man swung a baton as he shouted and swore at his uncle after a dispute about text messages.

James Guthrie was told he was “on thin ice” when he appeared from custody at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

Guthrie, 26, of Abbey View, admitted that on January 28, at ATS Euromaster, Dickson Street, Dunfermline, he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner, acted aggressively, shouted, swore and repeatedly swung a baton.

Guthrie also admitted that on December 2, at Appin Crescent, he was in possession of a class A drug, cocaine.

Depute fiscal Kavin Ryan-Hume said the baton incident occurred after Guthrie had spoken to the complainer about money he owed him.

Guthrie later returned to the premises with a baton which he was swinging around.

Defence solicitor Alexander Flett said: “They are uncle and nephew. There had been comments made in text messages which were abusive to Mr Guthrie.”

Guthrie had also breached a court order from last year. He still had 150 hours outstanding on a Community Payback Order (CPO) imposed with 225 hours of unpaid work. This was for drug-dealing.

Sheriff Derek Reekie told Guthrie: “You’re really on thin ice. You’ve been on remand and hopefully you’ll come out of it with a more positive attitude.”

He revoked the CPO and imposed a new one with 12 months’ supervision and 175 hours of unpaid work.

For these latest offences, Guthrie was placed on a restriction of liberty order for six weeks and fined £240.