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Knife found in rucksack of Inverness man who is already subject of two community orders

By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

Police were on the look-out for an Inverness man when they saw him walking on Carse Road and arrested him, Inverness Sheriff Court heard.

When 39-year-old Gordon Skillen, of St Andrew's Drive, was searched at Burnett Road Police Station, officers found a Stanley knife in his rucksack.

He admitted at Inverness Sheriff Court to being in illegal possession of a knife on December 16, 2019.

When he first appeared in court on December 17 he was remanded in custody. But he was then released on bail a week later on Christmas Eve with a condition not to approach his partner, Amanda Smith.

However after a tip-off, he was found by police with her in a property in Old Edinburgh Road on January 24 this year. He was then again remanded in custody.

Skillen also pleaded guilty to that breach of bail.

Defence solicitor Willie Young told Sheriff Eilidh Macdonald that his client was on two community payback orders and a background report would be required.

He successfully applied for Skillen to be released on bail and sentencing was fixed for June 25 this year.

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