AN Ardrossan man has apeared in court charged with supplying a woman with heroin hours before she was found dead in his house in the town.

Dylon Templeton, 23, is charged with supplying the class A drug, which is also known as Diamorphine, to Danielle Hughes on the day she died.

Hughes, 35, was found dead at a property in Broadway on Thursday, November 16.

It's understood the emergency services were contacted after Hughes was found unresponsive on a couch within the property.

Police began investigating the matter and, during the probe, Templeton was arrested for alleged drug supply.

He was held in police custody before appearing in private at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Monday. 

He made no plea to the single charge against him during the short hearing, where he was represented by defence solicitor Neil McPherson, a partner in law firm Neil F McPherson Solicitors. 

The charge against Templeton, which is brought under Section 4(3)(a) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, states that he "did supply a controlled drug, namely Diamorphine, a class A drug... to Danielle Hughes now deceased."

Sheriff Elizabeth McFarlane continued the case for prosecutors to investigate further and remanded Templeton in custody. 

No new court dates have been set but Templeton is expected to make a second appearance in connection with the case next week.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said today: "Around 5pm on Thursday, November 16, the body of a 35-year-old woman was discovered in a house in Broadway, Ardrossan. 

"A Post Mortem will take place in due course to establish the exact cause of death.

"Police are not treating the death as suspicious at this time.

"A full report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal. 

"In light of the police response to this death, a 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with alleged drug supply."

It's understood Miss Hughes was on several different prescription medications at the time of her death.