A DAUGHTER contacted the police when her father was in possession of a eight inch knife.

Andrew Kirkwood, 70, of Ballingry Road, Ballingry, appeared in the dock for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

He previously admitted that on September 21, at the same address he did behave in a threatening or abusive manner which was likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm in that he did shout and swear whilst in the possession on a knife.

Kirkwood was at his home address with his wife and daughter on the date and at around 10pm he came down to the living room from his bedroom.

He began shouting derogatory comments at his wife but his daughter intervened saying they "didn't have to put up with this" and that she would call the police.

Kirkwood threatened the women again and was also in possession of a knife that was eight inches in length.

At the time the daughter contacted the police.

When officers arrested Kirkwood he told them that he hadn't been shouting and said the reason he had a knife was because he was cutting a roll.

Defence solicitor, James Moncrieff, said his client had never been in trouble before

"He has a fraught relationship with his children and there was increased friction which resulted in this incident taking place," he said.

"He is now in temporary accommodation and is going through a divorce.

"His children live in the family home.

"He is seen as being extremely vulnerable and is being supported with the help of his sister and outside agencies.

"Alcohol and other issues are the cause of this matter."

Kirkwood was placed on a community payback order with a 12 months supervision requirement.