Knife thug scared teen
Blade brandished at 13yo
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.