A sheriff has blasted a teenager after he walked out into traffic in Aberdeen city centre while shouting, swearing and waving a knife.
The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was drinking at a friend’s house until 12.20am on November 4 and was walking along Union Street when he pulled out the knife, Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard.
Defence agent Gregor Kelly said the boy “took exception to a derogatory comment made by a bystander”.
Fiscal depute Gavin Letford said: “He was captured on CCTV brandishing a shiny object and walking into traffic, shouting, swearing and being intimidating.”
The blade was described as being 6cm and Mr Kelly described it as a “penknife”.
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Mr Kelly added: “He had been drinking and this was a mistake. He understands that with all the knife crime in major cities that courts take a dim view of knife possession.”
The teenager admitted a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear, alarm or distress in that he brandished a knife.
Sheriff Sukhwinder Gill said: “This is a very serious offence. You can’t just go walking down Union Street with a knife as it possesses a risk to the public. You haven’t got a job so I’m going to give you something to do.”
Sheriff Gill sentenced the boy to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work within six months.