A driver stabbed a 12-year-old’s bike tyre with a knife after the youngster honked his horn, a court has heard.
Darren Bremner, 18, lost his temper and repeatedly struck the wheel of the boy’s bicycle at the Dry Ski Slope on Greystone Road, Alford, in July.
Bremner pleaded guilty to carrying a knife, shouting, swearing, and behaving in an aggressive manner towards the boy, and causing damage to the bike wheel by repeatedly striking it with the knife.
Fiscal depute Cheryl Clark told Aberdeen Sheriff Court the offence happened at around 5.30pm on July 31.
She said: “The complainer, aged 12, was with a number of similarly aged friends playing on their bikes and scooters.”
Bremner had been parked in a vehicle close by.
Ms Clark said: “Witnesses heard the car horn activate, which has a distinct noise to it.”
She added that the child approached the vehicle, leaned in through the window and honked the horn.
The court heard Bremner shouted, produced a knife and stabbed the tyre of the boy’s bike, before driving off.
Bremner, whose address was given in court papers as Stewart Way, Alford, was detained by officers days later and told them his mother had since taken the knife from him.
It was said he told police he had lost his temper because he had anger problems.
Bremner’s solicitor said: “It does seem to have been a complete overreaction to the circumstances.”
He added: “Mr Bremner said the group had been causing him problems and saying things about his car and winding him up.
“Thankfully there was no intent or actual aggression in terms of the knife in terms of personal injury.”
He also said the knife was something his client normally uses at work in his job as an apprentice mechanic.
It was also said Bremner had been to see a doctor following concerns about anger issues, and that he had suggested Bremner might want to undertake some counselling.
Sheriff Christine McCrossan said: “It seems to be quite an extraordinary overreaction.”
She deferred sentence on Bremner until next month.