A STEVENSTON man has found himself behind bars after striking a dog in the midst of a domestic row.

Michael Beattie, 51, pleaded guilty to one charge in relation to the incident, which took place in Irvine, when he appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last week.

Beattie, of Arthur Street in Stevenston, admitted that on or between August 14 and 15 of this year, he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner towards a woman court papers described as his "partner or former partner".

The documents add that Beattie would likely have caused her fear or alarm as he acted in an aggressive manner towards her.

This involved the accused repeatedly shouting and swearing at the woman, and uttering derogatory and offensive remakrs towards her.

Court papers add that Beattie also struck a dog in the midst of the domestic row.

After admitting his guilt, sentence was deferred so that reports could be prepared.

Beattie has been remanded in custody until the case recalls later this year.