North-east schoolboy handed supervision order after pulling knife on fellow pupil

Aberdeen Sheriff Court

A teenager who pulled a knife on a pupil at a North-east school and was spotted with a Rambo-style blade months later has been placed on a community order.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard the youth, who was just 14 years old at the time of the offences, had come to believe carrying a knife was normal.

The now-15-year-old, who can’t be named for legal reasons, was placed under supervision for three years by Sheriff Jack Brown, having previously admitted having a knife in a public place and assault.

The first offence took place on May 29 last year at a North-east school – which also can’t be named for legal reasons – and involved the youth presenting a knife at a pupil and headbutting him.

Other pupils in the area saw him with the knife and disarmed him of the blade, before he went on to headbutt the boy.

On September 11 he was seen outside the school with what was described as a “Rambo-style” knife.

The youth’s defence agent said: “What he tells me is that in 2017 he was using cannabis on an almost daily basis. He started to hang around with an older crowd who had a very different lifestyle. He stopped attending school, he saw things that other 14-year-olds would not have seen.”

She went on to say: “Between January to April last year he was excluded from school on a number of occasions.” In relation to the offence at the school she said: “He tells me that on this occasion he had not smoked cannabis. He had been in social media chat with the complainer, he had been accused of something inappropriate with a girl and he tells me he wanted to confront the complainer about that.”

The solicitor told the court: “He accepts he took out the knife and walked towards the complainer.

“He entirely accepts that his actions were of a young man who is immature, who was acting harder than he is, and that he acted in a way that caused the complainer considerable fright and concern, that is all looking at a background of other incidents that have taken place in the North-east of Scotland.

“He should have learned his lesson, but we have the other charge – all I can say is he entirely accepts he had a knife and took it out in the street.”

Sheriff Brown told the teen: “You pleaded guilty to two serious offences, and it is of grave concern that you were aged 14 at the time, and at the time you almost considered it to be the norm to carry a knife in public.”

On handing him a supervision order, the sheriff warned him it was not a “get out of jail card” and if he did not comply he would be sentenced to detention for a “considerable” period.