A UKRAINIAN national who moved to Fife was found in possession of a fake passport.

Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard Andrii Slieptsov had paid £2,000 for the bogus document.

Slieptsov, 26, now of Dumbryden Grove, Edinburgh, was living at Cooper Ha’ Avenue, Lochgelly at the time of the offence.

He appeared in the dock accompanied by a translator.

Slieptsov admitted that on May 21 last year at Cooper Ha’ Avenue he was in possession of a false Romanian passport.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Campbell said his client had now made an application for asylum in this country.

He added that Slieptsov was claiming to be a “conscientious objector” who did not want to be conscripted into the Ukrainian armed forces.

The solicitor added that his client had paid £2,000 in London for the fake Romanian passport.

Sheriff Alastair Brown imposed a three-month restriction of liberty order.