Carried knives to cop station
Sentenced to 16 months
A Rutherglen man who walked into his local police station with two knives has been jailed for 16 months.
But David Gemmell was told the sentence would have been four years had he not pled guilty.
The 31-year-old was said to be high on Valium at the time of the offence.
Gemmell, currently a prisoner in Barlinnie, appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court last week where he pled guilty to having a locking knife and bladed utility tool on May 30 this year at King Street police station in Rutherglen.
His defence lawyer Craig Dewar told the court his client received a telephone call from police for an unrelated matter.
They asked him to attend Rutherglen police station to give a statement.
Mr Dewar claimed Gemmell had arranged to fit a carpet in his partner’s home and had the knives in his jacket pocket for the DIY job.
The lawyer claimed Gemmell simply forgot the blades were inside his pocket before he left to speak to police.
Fiscal Depute Mark Allan told court that officers were suspicious that Gemmell was under the influence of drugs when he attended the station at 4.25pm. PF Depute Allan said: “The accused attended the public bar area of Rutherglen police office.
“Officers asked if he was under the influence as they could smell cannabis from him. He replied he had ‘took some vallies’ and was searched under the misuse of drugs act.
“No substances were found but officers recovered a locking knife and a blue handled tool.”
The ‘locking knife’ was described as having two blades.
When officers questioned Gemmell about the articles he replied, ‘I was fitting a hall carpet’ and ‘I forgot I had them they were for fitting a carpet.’
Gemmell’s defence lawyer Mr Dewar admitted no work had been carried out and that his client intended to fit the carpet before he was arrested with the blades.
He added that Gemmell was a main carer for his partner who had contracted botulism two years ago.
Court heard that Gemmell had a significant record including a High Court conviction for culpable homicide in 2002 and carrying a knife in 2006.
Sheriff Norman Ritchie said: “Your record is a poor one so it will come as no surprise that I will impose a custodial sentence today. You have two convictions for a bladed weapon or offensive weapon. Even since the High Court sentence you have been convicted of two assaults.”
Sheriff Ritchie told Gemmell that he would have jailed him for four years, but reduced the term to 16 months for his early guilty plea.
The sentence was backdated to May 31, 2017 for time spent on remand.