Fine for man found with Stanley knife

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A MAN found with a knife on the High Street was fined £72.

Jamie Turner, 28, of Lothian Street, admitted having a knife while on the High Street and at the police station on September 21.

Depute fiscal Keith O’Mahony told Jedburgh Sheriff Court that Turner had been detained on a separate matter and was found to have a Stanley knife as part of a keyring.

Defence solicitor Ross Dow said his client, who is an unemployed painter/decorator, had been preparing a desk for his girlfriend and had been using the knife in order to shave wood.

“Naivety played its part,” said Mr Dow. “And I would suggest this is at the lower end of the scale for such offences.”

Sheriff Donald Corke said he accepted that, telling Turner: “It doesn’t seem like you were going out armed and looking for trouble.”