Gang threat is ‘no excuse’ for blade

A THUG armed himself with a lock knife after claiming he had been bottled by the “young team”.

James Marsland said he took the Poundland locking knife from a party he had been at in Westcliff in the early hours of February 20.

The 20-year-old then walked towards his home in Castlehill’s Cumbrae Crescent South, but was stopped and searched by police at the scheme’s Clyde Stores.

Last week Marsland appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court after admitting the offence.

Fiscal depute Sheila McDermid said officers spotted Marsland at the rear of the store. After being told he would be searched, Marsland admitted to officers he had a knife in his pocket.

When asked why he had it, Marsland told police: “I’ve got it cause I got bottled the other night by the young team”.

Officers asked why the knife was in the open position and Marsland said: “Well, it’s nae use shut”.

Roddy Boag, defending, said Marsland had been taking a shortcut to his home when he was stopped by police.

He added: “The night before he had been assaulted by a group of people known as the young team and that had happened outside his house. He had been struck with a bottle.

“He had been at a party with some friends and he had something to drink which clearly affected his ability to make some proper decisions.

“He got the knife at the party. A number of friends had stated they were staying at the party and he did not want to stay but wanted to go home.

“He tells me that the item was a Poundland locking knife.

“The accused accepts he has a previous conviction and has served a three month sentence.”

Sheriff Simon Pender said in view of Marsland’s record only a custodial sentence would be appropriate.

He added: “The carrying of knives in this jurisdiction is far too common and must be deterred for the safety of the public.”

Marsland was jailed for 18 months.

Daily Record

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