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Johnstone thug took machete in to the street as he “wanted to be arrested”


A Johnstone thug who ran about the street topless with a machete and a knife will return to court in the new year for sentencing.

David Sloan of McDowall Street admitted he was in possession of both a large machete and a hunting knife in Johnstone’s Graham Street on November 3 last year.

The two weapons which Sloan, 30, took in to a common close to “grab attention” as he “wanted to be arrested” where shown to Paisley Sheriff Court.

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Senior Procurator Fiscal Depute David McDonald told the court: “Around 8.30pm on the night of the offence, Sloan was within a property in McDowall Street consuming alcohol.

“Sloan had no clothing on the top half of his body.

“A witness saw Sloan leaving the property with a machete in his hand and wearing grey jogger bottoms and walking towards Quarry Street.

“The accused was then seen putting the machete down his trousers and the witness contacted the police.

“Around 8.35pm, police officers were on uniformed mobile patrol when they saw the accused matching the description provided by the witness, at a block of flats.

“The accused was then observed by officers entering a common close area.

“Officers traced the accused at the rear of the building in a car-park.

“When officers exited the vehicle, they saw Sloan place something in a bush.

“They told him to show his hands and lie on the ground, for the officer’s safety.

“The accused was initially hesitant but then complied.

“Police carried out a search of thick shrubbery where they found a large wooden handled machete and a smaller hunting knife with a black handle.

“Sloan was cautioned and charged.

“Police then attended at the address where he came from to ensure everything was in order and seized to shields that matched the items found.

“Sloan was conveyed to Greenock police station.

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Private CCTV was sourced by police which shows him at 8.30pm walking from right to left of the common close with a large wooden handled metal machete in his right hand and a hunting knife in his left hand.”

Defence agent Jim Clark told the court Sloan took the weapons into a public area as he wanted to be arrested.

He explained: “Mr Sloan knows he could be sent to prison today but I would like to propose you step away from that today.

“He understands that entering a street in a state of distraction and disarray causes fear to anyone in the street.

“He was aware of what would happen to him.

“He wanted to bring attention to himself, he wanted to be arrested.

“There is no rational reason for his conduct.

“He is now in a far more stable position than when he presented himself in the street.”

Sheriff Gillian Craig said: “I don’t think any other disposal other than a custodial sentence would be appropriate.”

However, Sheriff Craig was convinced to defer sentencing to call for reports.

The case was adjourned for the preparation of a criminal justice social work report and a restriction of liberty order assessment.

Sloan will return for sentencing on January 7.

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