A SALTCOATS man will discover his fate later this month having been convicted of making sexual remarks and gestures to two teenage girls.

Peter McLaughlin, 31, pleaded guilty to three charges but sentence was deferred at a Kilmarnock Sheriff Court hearing last week.

McLaughlin admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards two 14-year-old females by shouting, swearing, uttering sexual remarks and making sexual gestures at them.

The first offence occurred at Mid Dykes Road in Saltcoats on March 9 this year. On the same day, in the town’s Dykesmains Road and Kilbrannan Avenue, McLaughlin acted in an aggressive manner towards two young boys, both aged 16.

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Court papers stated he repeatedly shouted, swore and uttered homophobic remarks towards the pair, while he made an offensive gesture and uttered offensive remarks towards them.

He also admitted assaulting one of the 16-year-old boys by striking him on the head with his hand.

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Monday, August 1, Sheriff Murdoch MacTaggart deferred sentence until August 17 for the preparation of background reports.

McLaughlin’s bail was continued meantime.