A east Blairgowrie farm worker, caught with a knife with a five-inch blade in a local hotel, has dodged jail.
Instead, 58-year-old John Donachy, of Springbank Road, Alyth, was ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work within the next six months after he appeared at Perth Sheriff Court on Wednesday last week.
Sheriff Lindsay Foulis said: “In this day and age, there is definitely a prohibition against knives being carried in public, no matter how it comes about.
“The consequences of such actions are all too plain. Undoubtedly, an exacerbating factor here is that alcohol was consumed and, accordingly, there is always a possibility of loss of control.”
Donachy admitted having the blade in the Victoria Hotel, Mill Street, Blairgowrie, on September 21 last year.