Sep 21 2012 by Colin Rutherford, Kilmarnock Standard
A Kilmarnock woman who was caught with a knife told police she had stolen it from a charity shop... because she was short of cutlery.
At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Monday, Anne Carson, 33, of Orchard Gardens, pleaded guilty to illegally having a knife at Poundland in Kilmarnock’s Burns Mall in January.
Her plea of not guilty tostealing two cans of deodorant from the same Kilmarnock shop was accepted.
Victoria Hart, prosecuting, told the court that police had cause to speak to Carson on January 16. She said: “In the course of that, they searched carrier bags which she was in possession of.
“At that time they found the knife referred to.”
When Carson was interviewed later, she “indicated that she was short of cutlery”.
And she told officers: “Truthfully, I stole it from a charity shop because my knife was blunt.”
Ms Hart said the blade of the knife was 2½ inches long.
Graeme Cunningham, defending, told Sheriff Alistair Watson:“I think, given her record, this might be a case where you would be considering reports.
“You have heard something of her explanation. Herposition remains exactly the same.”
The solicitor said it might be considered that it would be amatter for a jury to decidewhether her explanation amounted to a reasonable excuse for having the knife.
“She has preferred to plead guilty because she was in possession of it,” said Mr Cunningham.
Sheriff Watson deferred sentence until October 16 and called for a social work report.
He told Carson: “It is a serious matter.
“Possession of a knife in any circumstances nowadays has to be dealt with as a serious case.”
Carson’s bail was continued.