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Dingwall man couldn't recall why he had a cutlery knife in his belt, Highland court told

By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Ian Cruickshank heard the case at Inverness Justice Centre.
Sheriff Ian Cruickshank heard the case at Inverness Justice Centre.

A drunk Dingwall man had no recollection of why police arrested him and found a cutlery knife which he didn't know was in his belt.

So when 46-year-old Daniel Harkness of Peffery Road, was being taken to Burnett Road Police Station on November 20, 2022 he began shouting and swearing at an officer, and threatening to "put his hand down his throat and rip his heart out".

He also threatened to "knock your head off your shoulders", such was his level of intoxication, Inverness Sheriff Court heard.

Fiscal depute Robert Weir told Sheriff Ian Cruickshank that Harkness also fired racist abuse in the direction of officers who later searched him and found a butter knife tucked in his belt.

Solicitor Marc Dickson said: "He has a poor record and his difficulty is entirely alcohol-related. But it is no excuse. He has no recollection of why he was arrested, or is he aware of how he came into the possession of the cutlery knife which is like a butter knife."

Mr Dickson added: "If he can do, he will tender his apologies to the officers concerned."

Sentence was deferred until September 18 for a background report.

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