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'No excuse for having knives in public places' – sheriff tells Inverness man

By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Gary Aitken heard the case at Inverness Sheriff Court.
Sheriff Gary Aitken heard the case at Inverness Sheriff Court.

A 35-year-old Inverness man cut his fingers on a knife he had grabbed during a disturbance in the city.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that police were called to a property in MacEwen Drive on October 23, 2021 just after 1am and found Ashley Hughes sitting on the pavement.

Fiscal depute Robert Weir told an earlier court: "He stated to police that there had been a disturbance within the property and that he had cut his fingers whilst grabbing a knife within the property.

"He was asked for the safety of everyone whether he had a knife in his possession and he pulled a black-handled knife from his right jacket pocket and provided it to police. He was then arrested."

Sentence had been deferred for a background report but Sheriff Gary Aitken was told that it had only been prepared recently but the reasons for the delay were not outlined.

Hughes, of Union Street, Inverness had previously admitted possession of the knife.

He was placed under social work supervision for a year and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid community work.

Sheriff Aitken told him: "There is no excuse for having knives in public places."

He warned Hughes, who had received prison sentences before, that if there was a repeat, he would be jailed for a lengthy period.

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