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Construction worker brandished knife at Inverness railway station

By Gregor White

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Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

A man who threatened to stab people at Inverness railway station has avoided a prison sentence.

Sentence had previously been deferred for reports on Lewis Hewat (41) of Mackintosh Road, Inverness, after he admitted behaving in a threatening manner on May 7, shouting and swearing and threatening to stab people while in possession of a knife in a public place.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard a member of Scotrail staff fled to an office during the incident and called the police.

Previously fiscal Roderick Urquhart told the court how Hewat threatened to stab people before he fell and dropped the knife.

He then picked it up again and left the scene by taxi.

However witnesses noted the number of the taxi and told police who stopped it and found Hewat concealing the knife up his left sleeve.

The court was told Hewat had been on a three-day drinking binge and had little memory of the incident.

Defence solicitor Graham Mann said the incident was “bizarre”.

He told the court that Hewat had not been in trouble for five years and was now working on the new court building being constructed in Inverness.

He said there was nothing to suggest he posed a serious risk.

Hewat was fined £1500 and placed on a year-long restriction of liberty order with conditions that he remain at home between 8pm and 6am daily.

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