Knife thug scared teen

Blade bran­dished at 13yo

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

A Hal­dane drug dealer has been jailed af­ter chill­ingly wav­ing a knife at a 13-year-old girl.

Jay Dee McLachlan was de­tained by po­lice af­ter the ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent and was found to have nearly £1000 of Val­ium tablets.

T h e 2 3 - y e a r- o l d , f o r mer l y o f Woodburn Av­enue, ap­peared from cus­tody at Dum­bar­ton Sher­iff Court last week.

Michelle Bran­na­gan, fis­cal de­pute, said the young­ster was with a group of friends on a foot­path be­neath a bridge at Lomond Road in Bal­loch when the pals no­ticed soz­zled McLachlan.

They started shout­ing abuse at him and he left but ap­peared again a short time later hold­ing a knife.

He bran­dished the blade at the girl and the group ran away.

Ms Bran­na­gan s ai d: “This was ob­served by po­lice of­fi­cers. They saw them scat­ter­ing and saw the ac­cused lean­ing over a wall ap­pear­ing to throw some­thing away.

“The po­lice went af­ter the ac­cused and he was de­tained close by the River Leven. Other po­lice had spo­ken to the group of youths and had been told that he had been in pos­ses­sion of a knife.

“A search was car­ried out but no knife was found on the ac­cused.”

De­spite not f i nd­ing t he bl ade, of­fi­cers found 966 tablets in six small bags he was car­ry­ing within a big­ger plas­tic bag.

The court heard they had a street value of £485. He told po­lice the drugs were for per­sonal use.

McLachlan ad­mit­ted hav­ing a knife on him, shout­ing, swear­ing and bran­dish­ing the knife at a 13-year-old girl on Oc­to­ber 9 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to hav­ing di­azepam at Red Fox Drive, Bal­loch and else­where, with the in­tent to sup­ply.

His solic­i­tor, Mr Sweeney, said: “He takes full re­spon­si­bil­ity for what hap­pened. He has limited rec­ol­lec­tion be­cause he had con­sumed a large vol­ume of Val­ium and al­co­hol. While ac­cept­ing his ac­tions he found it hard to be­lieve that he would have done some­thing like this. He has a limited record which goes back to 2012.”

He said: “What Mr McLachlan needs is a chance.”

Sher­iff Maxwell Hendry said: “I have to con­sider whether there i s any suit­able al­ter­na­tive to cus­tody. I have come to the view there is no al­ter­na­tive. Some­where a line has to be drawn and you crossed that line by hav­ing a knife in public but then you bran­dished that knife in front of a 13-year-old girl.”

He was sen­tenced to eight months in jail.

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