A serial charlatan who gained access to restricted areas at Ayrshire’s busiest hospital during the Covid pandemic by pretending to be a surgeon has admitted breaching the peace.

Anthony Brennan Adams pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of breaching the peace after managing to gain a staff pass and access to restricted areas at Crosshouse Hospital. The charge was amended to remove the word 'fraud'.

Not guilty pleas to perverting the course of justice and breaching the medical act were accepted by prosecutors when the serial ‘Walter Mitty’ returned to court on October 25. 

Sentencing was deferred for a psychiatric report after Adams was previously placed on a community payback order for being busted claiming to be a ‘Celtic scout’ at football games in Cumnock and Largs.

The 28-year-old – known as Anthony Adams and previously Brennan in court papers – admitted conducting himself in a disorderly manner pretended to staff and patients at the hospital that he was a medical doctor and a qualified surgeon, who was at Crosshouse to ‘perform operations’. 

Adams managed to induce hospital staff into giving him a set of scrubs and a pass which allowed him to access staff areas at the hospital between April 30 and May 14, 2021. 

Defence solicitor Sandy Currie said: “I think we have reached agreement. He pleads guilty to charge one on that becoming a charge of breach of the peace."

He pleaded guilty to a further charge of falsely telling a woman that her son had become a new father before his death.

Adams induced the woman to give him access to her home, family and friends, give him attention and even give him a role in her son’s funeral, all between July 3 and October 14 the same year. 

Sheriff Laura Mundell deferred sentencing and a psychiatric report and the case to call with other matters.

Adams, of Princes Street, Ardrossan, is due to return to court for sentencing at a late date.