A MAUCHLINE man has appeared in court charged with assaulting a man and woman in the town and shouting threats and homophobic and sectarian abuse at police.

Stewart Clint denied two charges of assault and one of threatening behaviour when he appeared at Ayr Sheriff Court last week.

The 40-year-old is accused of assaulting a man by punching him on the head and body and causing him to fall to the ground at an address in the town’s Alexander Terrace on May 28, 2022.

Court papers allege that he then repeatedly kicked the same man on the head and body.

A second charge claims that he assaulted a woman by seizing hold of her by the body, pulled her to the ground and repeatedly kicked her on the head and body to her injury.

The prosecution also accuses Mr Clint of shouting aggressively, swearing and making threats and abusive remarks towards police.

The Crown’s indictment states that this last alleged offence was aggravated by sexual and religious prejudice.

Mr Clint, of Loudon Street, pleaded not guilty to all the charges during a brief court hearing last week.

His bail was continued and he will return to court at a later date.