A sheriff was unimpressed for the reasons given for an offender not doing his unpaid work.

These included Alexander McLeman drinking heavily and taking drugs instead to completing his sentence for assault.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis said: “The responsibility for that lies with him, nobody else.”

McLeman, 35, of Grainger Street, Lochgelly, had previously been sentenced to 160 hours of unpaid work.

However, the order was returned to court seeking a revocation and the imposition of an alternative order.

The sheriff commented: “That doesn’t float my boat. He’s got the wrong man here today.”

McLeman had previously admitted that on September 30, 2021 at Main Street, Townhill, he assaulted his partner by grabbing her body and pushing past her, causing her to fall against a wall to her injury.

McLeman had been drinking before committing the offence.

Sheriff Wyllie Robertson had originally imposed a community payback order with 160 hours of unpaid work and 16 months of supervision.

Sheriff Foulis refused to revoke the order saying it smacked of “taking the mick”.

He told McLeman to complete the order and gave him an extra six months to do so.