AN ALLOA man who admitted to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner whilst brandishing a hammer was given a fine at Alloa Sheriff Court.

Daniel Gregory, 38, pleaded guilty to the charge at an intermediate diet on Monday, November 26.

Susannah Hutchison, prosecuting, told the court that Gregory had kicked off at an address in Alloa at around 8.30pm on August 23 this year.

An individual had arrived at the address, only to be confronted by Gregory, who had come into the garden from a side door.

She said: "He was shouting and swearing at him whilst brandishing a hammer."

After the police were called and Gregory was taken into custody, he told officers: "I would just like to say of the evidence you have been given, you are mistaken.

"He went on to thank the professionalism of the officers."

Gregory's lawyer claimed their client acknowledges their actions were inappropriate during the incident.

They said: "He accepts his reaction was wrong and disproportionate, and his behaviour was negative.

"He is not someone with a significant record, and the offence was committed at a time when he had his own stresses and difficulties which are now resolved."

Sheriff David Mackie handed Gregory, of Fairyburn Road, a £150 fine, reduced from £200 on account of the guilty plea.