A THREE Towns man who challenged cops to fight in the street and failed to answer the door when tagged avoided prison this week.

Michael Watson, 28, was placed under supervision under authorities for a year after admitting to drunkenly threatening officers as they responded to a disturbance at his home in Kerr Avenue on May 30, last year.

The offender also admitted failing to answer the door to police on June 30, 2020 and meeting his partner in breach of court order while on bail back in July 18, 2019.

The Procurator Fiscal said: “At twenty minutes past 10pm, police received an anonymous call reporting an ongoing disturbance at the locus and officers attended immediately.

“They saw the accused standing on the road and gesticulating in an aggressive manner.”

He then shouted: “I’ll punch your c***s in” and “Get to f*** you absolute c***s”, while adopting an aggressive stance.

The accused was then arrested, charged and made no reply during interview.

The court heard police later attended Watson’s address for a curfew check but made no reply when ringing his door or shouting through the letter box.

When Watson appeared for sentencing at court this week [Monday, July 12] defence solicitor Brian Holliman told the court the incident “was a case of far too much to drink”.

Sheriff Elizabeth McFarlane said: “I’m going to do three different things with the three different complaints.”

For his threats, Watson received a community payback order of one year and will remain under supervision – while he was admonished and dismissed for speaking to his partner.

Sentence was deferred for three months for him to show good behaviour for not answering the door to police and he will return to court at a later date.