Jan 18 2013 by Colin Rutherford, Kilmarnock Standard
A Kilmarnock woman who was passed a knife by her boyfriend was jailed for six months at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last week.
Michelle Seton, 36, of Dick Road, pleaded guilty to having a knife in Armour Street, Kilmarnock, last May.
The court was told that police were responding to a report of a man at St Andrews hostel with a weapon, when they saw Seton and a male walking along the street.
The two were detained for a search, as the man was suspected of “being in possession of an offensive weapon.”
The search revealed nothing, but officers then spotted a knife lying on the ground.
A woman driver who had been stopped at nearby traffic lights told police that she had seen Seton place the knife on the ground.
The incident was also captured on CCTV.
When Seton was charged with the offence, she replied: “I never had the knife on me. It was on the ground.”
Allan Kerr, defending, said that Seton was already in jail, having been sentenced to four months for shoplifting on Christmas Eve.
He said that, at the time of the offence, Seton was in a relationship with a man whose name was “not unfamiliar to the court”.
It was he who had been seen with a weapon outside the hostel. When police approached, he passed the knife to Seton.
Said Mr Kerr: “She concealed it momentarily and, as the police approached, discarded it.
“She was seen to do that on CCTV. She probably had the knife for less than a minute.”
Mr Kerr said that the man involved had subsequently been convicted of a separate knife offence and was now serving a jail sentence.
He asked Sheriff Seith Ireland to consider calling for reports to see whether a non-custodial sentence was possible.
Mr Kerr said that Seton had a background of drink and drug problems.
Since being jailed, however, she had completed a drugs awareness course and was attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
But Sheriff Ireland said that knife offences were a matter of great concerns for both the courts and the public.
“I have formed the view that the matter should be dealt with today,” he said.