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Inverness man had cat-shaped knuckleduster

By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Sheriff Court is at Inverness Justice Centre.
Inverness Sheriff Court is at Inverness Justice Centre.

Police suspected a 33-year-old Inverness man may be carrying drugs after officers detected a smell of cannabis from him.

They elected to search Richard Stewart, of Mackintosh Road, for substances and although none were found, they discovered he had a knuckleduster while in Ashton Road.

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Fiscal depute Robert Weir told Inverness Sheriff Court: "It was in the shape of a cat with two spikes instead of ears and two fingers would be inserted where the eyes should be. He was arrested and charged."

Stewart pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon on February 22, 2024. He also admitted previous convictions and had served prison sentences before. But the court heard his last offence was four years ago.

Defence solicitor Graham Mann said: "It serves as a part of a keyring although there were no keys. He knows he shouldn't have had it in a public place."

Ordering Stewart to carry out 80 hours of unpaid community work, Sheriff Robert Frazer told Stewart: "You have a record of previous convictions which does you no favours. This is an alternative to a prison sentence."

He warned Stewart that if he did not comply fully, he faced jail.

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