Sen­tence de­ferred for car­ry­ing eight-inch knife

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

A man who ad­mit­ted car­ry­ing an eight-inch blade in Camp­bel­town has had his sen­tence de­ferred. James Deavy, 29, of 7 Glen­side, Camp­bel­town, ap­peared at Camp­bel­town Sher­iff Court on in­dict­ment, charged with hav­ing a knife with­out rea­son­able ex­cuse or law­ful au­thor­ity at Glen­side, Mill Street and other pub­lic places on April 23. Procu­ra­tor fis­cal de­pute Eoin McGinty told the court that Deavy, who has a record of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, had been drink­ing with his part­ner when she de­cided she needed po­lice as­sis­tance. Deavy, who com­mit­ted the of­fence while on bail, di­alled 999 and al­lowed his part­ner to speak to of­fi­cers, be­fore go­ing into the kitchen, get­ting the knife, and leav­ing the flat. When po­lice found Deavy out­side, he had the blade con­cealed in his trouser leg but dropped it to the ground. De­fence agent Mr Buchanan said that there was a ‘rel­a­tively se­ri­ous back­ground’ to the mat­ter. He said there had been an ar­gu­ment to do with buy­ing more al­co­hol. Mr Buchanan added: ‘Since that time he has been mak­ing ef­forts to im­prove his sit­u­a­tion and has found em­ploy­ment.’ De­fer­ring sen­tence un­til Jan­uary 10 for re­ports, Sher­iff Pa­trick Hughes said: ‘Any car­ry­ing of a knife in a pub­lic place for what­ever rea­son is very se­ri­ous. ‘You could jus­ti­fi­ably get a cus­to­dial sen­tence to­day but I am sat­is­fied that you should re­main on bail.’ New bail con­di­tions pro­hibit Deavy from en­ter­ing any li­censed premises. Sher­iff Hughes added: ‘I can­not stress this enough – prison is a very likely out­come and you must be on your very best be­hav­iour to avoid that.’

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