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Stab threats by knife teen.

Byline: COURT REPORTER

A teenager who brandished a knife at a man who refused him a cigarette outside aTillicoultry pub is facing a custodial sentence.

Leslie Weir had also made threats to 'stab anybody' during the late-night incident by the Bridge Inn in the village's High Street on June 2 last year.

The 19-year-old admitted charges of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner and having a knife in a public place at Stirling Sheriff Court last Wednesday.

The fiscal depute told Stirling Sheriff Court that Christopher Mitchell had been standing outside the Bridge Inn at 11.30pm for a smoke.

Weir approached him and asked him for a cigarette, but when Mr Mitchell refused Weir became aggressive and began shouting. He also produced a silver-bladed knife which a witness described as having a Stanley knife style blade. Weir had also said: 'I'll stab anybody.' A patron in the Royal Arms opposite heard the commotion and saw Weir brandishing the knife at a male in the street.

Weir was heard to say: 'I'm going to stab you.' He was also heard to say to various members of the public: 'Come on then!' The fiscal depute said that at one point a witness had seen Weir moving eastwards along High Street before making his way back towards the pub again.

A witness contacted the police and Weir was later traced by officers. He made no reply to caution and charge. The knife however was not recovered.

He was taken to police custody where he remained until a June 4 court appearance when he was granted bail.

His agent told Sheriff Wyllie Robertson on Monday that Weir had complied fully with the bail conditions.

The lawyer said Weir had mental health issues and would be "vulnerable in a custodial situation."

He recognised that it was a serious offence but pointed out that Weir had never served a custodial sentence before.

Sheriff Robertson however pointed out that a custodial sentence "may be inevitable" despite his young age, given the nature of the offence and a previous conviction, albeit for which he had been admonished and had not served a custodial sentence.

He deferred sentence on Weir, of High Street, Tillicoultry, until February 20 for criminal justice social work report and continued bail meantime.

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Date:Jan 30, 2019
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