A foul-mouthed pensioner branded his neighbours "filthy f***** b*******' and 'f***** c****' in a hate-filled rant.

Kenneth McKenzie, 70, targeted his neighbours with rabid sectarian remarks because he didn't get on with them.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard McKenzie, of Greenlaw Drive, had been drinking on Saturday May 29, this year, when he began shouting abuse at residents who stay in the same block.

Procurator fiscal depute Dana Barclay told the court: "Witnesses Fraser and Chambers reside together, and live directly above the accused McKenzie.

"The incident took place at 8.40pm hours on the day in question. Witnesses heard the accused shouting 'I am Spartacus,' several times when he was in his garden.

"Witness Fraser looked out of the window and asked him to be quiet at that time.

"Ten minutes later, the accused could heard continuing to shout "You f***** c*****.'

"The witness Chambers was alarmed by this and began to record the accused on a mobile phone.

"The witness also contacted police."

The court heard cops attended the property in the town's east end where they watched and listened to the footage.

The prosecutor added: "Officers watched and listened to the video footage. The accused could be heard shouting various religious obscenities.

"These included 'dirty f*****' and 'f****** f***** b*******.'

"The accused was arrested by police."

The court heard when McKenzie was in the back of the police car on the way to the station he made various admissions, that he and his neighbours "hated each other."

Ms Barclay added: "The accused said, 'We have never got on since they moved in.'

"He said, 'I know it was wrong. 'I am a Rangers man. He is into the Celtic.'"

McKenzie appeared in the dock before Sheriff Brian Mohan yesterday where he pleaded guilty to a charge of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner, which was likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm in that he shouted, swore, and uttered religious obscenities, and that the offence was aggravated by religious prejudice.

Defence agent Tony Callahan said his client, a pensioner of 70 years of age, was very embarrassed by his outburst.

He said: "His is very embarrassed and has pleaded guilty to the charge at the earliest opportunity.

"He has lived in the property for 25 years.

"The complainers moved in last December.

"There has been difficulties since then, however, the complainers are in the process of moving again.

"This has been a very embarrassing experience for him.

"It is partly due to him drinking and then getting involved in a verbal altercation with his neighbours which escalated.

"He assures me there will be no repetition of this conduct.

"For a man of his age, he knows this should not have happened."

Sheriff Mohan told him: "It is a bit of nonsense for a man of 70 years of age to behave in this way.

"But you expressed remorse to the police at the time and by what your solicitor has said."

He fined him £266 reduced from £400 because of his early plea of guilty.