A 24-year-old man who threatened nursing and medical staff at Borders General Hospital with violence has been jailed for 200 days at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Mark McCarry appeared from custody and pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at the hospital on Sunday.

The court heard how concerns had been expressed about McCarry's condition when he was slumped on the stairs of the Woodcutter public house in Marigold Bank, Galashiels.

The police were called and it was discovered there was already a warrant out for his arrest.

McCarry reacted angrily when he was arrested by two female constables and would not walk to the van and resisted handcuffs being put on.

He was taken to Borders General Hospital where he caused a disturbance and made threats.

McCarry pleaded guilty to obstructing police and struggling violently with two officers at Marigold Bank and also behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at Borders General Hospital.

He admitted a third charge of shouting and swearing at Hawick Police Station.

Defence lawyer Mat Patrick said his client had descended into depression and felt abandoned with his only family member being his father who had moved to England.

Sheriff Peter Paterson jailed McCarry of Earl Street, Hawick, for 200 days due to the nature of the offences and because of his record.