Car­ried knives to cop sta­tion

Sen­tenced to 16 months

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Court re­porter

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.

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