A man who sparked an alert at Aberdeen beach after being spotted with an airgun has avoided jail.
Tamas Buda, 21, had previously been warned by Sheriff Malcolm Garden that he was facing a custodial sentence over the offence.
Buda appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court for sentencing after previously admitting committing a breach of the peace on July 8 last year.
He had admitted conducting himself in a disorderly manner by having an air weapon in his possession on open display at the Beach Esplanade.
The court previously heard the “beach was busy” at the time the offence took place just before 3pm, and that Buda was seen by a witness wearing sunglasses along with a cap that was covering his face.
They also believed Buda was carrying a “small” pistol. The court was told the “terrified” witness called the police.
Buda’s defence agent Mike Allan had claimed previously that Buda had just been trying to “have some fun”, and was intending to “fire at some rocks” – but conceded that some witnesses may have thought he was a “gangster or terrorist”.
Speaking at Buda’s sentencing hearing he said his client had been in the country for around four years, and added: “He won’t be mucking about with guns again.”
Sheriff Garden told Buda he would sentence him to 150 hours of unpaid work reduced from 180 hours due to his early guilty plea, as a direct alternative to custody.
On sentencing him Sheriff Garden told Buda what he’d done had been a “major misjudgement”.
He went on to tell him: “You should be in no doubt this type of behaviour is completely unacceptable. It caused great alarm and will not be tolerated.
“As you may recall I did consider this might be appropriate for a custodial sentence, but given the terms of the report I am prepared to accept that is not appropriate.”
Buda, whose address was given in court papers as Rosehill Court, Aberdeen, was given nine months to carry out the unpaid work order.