A FATHER became aggressive when he tried to drop off his children at their mother's and she wasn't there.

Anthony Lafferty got into a heated exchange with his former partner and punched a door.

The woman locked the door after the incident and phoned the police.

Lafferty, 31, of Wedderburn Street, Dunfermline, previously admitted that on March 18 at an address in Kelty, he did behave in a threatening or abusive manner which was likely to cause as reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm in that he did shout, swear, act in an aggressive manner, refuse to leave when asked to do so, utter threats of violence and punch a door damaging same.

Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday that Lafferty and his father had intended at the address to return his children to their mother.

While this was occurring he spoke to his ex-partner and began shouting and swearing at her.

He said to her: "If I find out anything, I will kill you."

At this point Lafferty followed his ex into her house and there was an exchange between the two.

He then punched a door causing the panel to crack.

Defence solicitor, Ian Beatson, said: "Mr Lafferty is reliant on his father collecting the children and on that day his dad had an appointment that he couldn't miss.

"He asked his former partner if he could return the children early and she agreed.

"But she was 45 minutes late and he acted in the manner explained.

"He regrets that. He has had a great relationship with his ex-partner. She also wishes for the bail conditions to be removed.

"He does deeply regret the incident."

Sheriff Simon Collins sentenced Lafferty to 90 hours unpaid work.