A Dunfermline man, who was naked from the waist down as he banged on the doors of a stranger’s home, has been sentenced.

Darren Cross was shouting threats while holding a brick after losing his trousers on a fence.

Cross, 39, of Duncan Crescent, appeared back at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He previously admitted that on December 12 at a property in Dunfermline, he entered the curtilage of a house whilst naked from the waist down.

He kicked and banged on the patio doors, shouted, swore and attempted to open the doors, acted aggressively whilst in possession of a brick and made threats.

Depute fiscal Catherine Stevenson said the incident occurred at about 6.20pm.

A man had been letting his dog back into the house when Cross appeared at his door.

Cross started kicking and banging at the door trying to get in. The man and his wife were keeping the door closed to keep him out.

Cross then picked up a brick and threatened to throw it through a window.

The man’s daughter called the police and officers arrived at the scene to find Cross heavily intoxicated.

Defence solicitor Alexander Flett said his client’s trousers were later found hanging on a nearby fence.

“It wasn’t deliberate for him to be naked from the waist down. His trousers caught on the fence,” he added.

Mental health issues were blamed along with Cross drinking excess alcohol and not taking his medication.

“His first recollection is waking up in the police cells," said the solicitor. "He’s embarrassed about what took place and accepts it would have been very alarming for those in the house.”

Sheriff Garry Sutherland told Cross: “This would have been absolutely terrifying for these people in their home. They didn’t know who you were and why you were trying to get into their house.”

He imposed a community payback order with 100 hours of unpaid work.