An Aberdeen musician brandished a knife at a teenager after becoming annoyed by the boy bouncing on a trampoline in front of his living room window.
Ayodale Omidiji, of Ferrier Crescent, admitted having a knife in public “without reasonable excuse” and assaulting the 15-year-old by “seizing his neck” on Sunday January 14.
Fiscal Jamie Dunbar explained the unusual set of circumstances that brought the 52-year-old first offender into the dock at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday.
Mr Dunbar said: “The complainer was on a trampoline in a communal garden area at the rear of the flats where he and the accused both live.
“There was some issue about where the trampoline was positioned and an argument arose.
“The accused was seen with a knife and after being pushed he grabbed the complainer by the throat and applied pressure for about three seconds.
“The boy’s mother saw this and screamed, noting the accused to be in possession of a knife.”
The police arrived shortly afterwards and found the weapon in question to be a carrot knife with a three-inch blade.
Defence agent Graeme Murray said that the trampoline was supposed to be moved about the communal area on a weekly basis.
He added: “It was originally for young children, but at that time it was more often used by older teenagers who would be on it morning, noon and night shouting and swearing.”
Sheriff Sukhwinder Gill deferred sentence on Omidiji for six months.
She told him: “Don’t go out with any kind of knife if there are further problems with the trampoline.”