A Beauly chef was ordered to carry out a community payback order after admitting possessing a knife on an Inverness street following a funeral.
Inverness Sheriff Court heard Cameron Ross, 17, of 6 Pinewood, Drumindorsair, was spotted by householders waving the knife in the air on Glendoe Terrace on February 28 last year.
He was originally been charged with assaulting a man with the knife to his injury but this was dropped by the Crown.
Fiscal depute Michelle Molley told the court: “Several males had congregated at Glendoe Terrace in Inverness and two people in the street looking out the window recognised the accused as one of the males and saw him holding a kitchen knife with a 7-8in blade and he was waving it about in the air.”
The residents called the police and when they arrived they found the knife lying at Ross’s feet.
Ross pleaded guilty to illegal possession of the knife.
Ross’s solicitor, Willie Young, said the first offender had been drinking following a family funeral.
He said Ross appreciated the gravity of the matter and accepted he should have disposed of the knife earlier.
Mr Young added: “It was a fairly emotional occasion and since alcohol had been taken his decision making was not what it ought to have been.”
Sheriff David Sutherland sentenced Ross to a two-year community payback order involving 200 hours of unpaid work and two years of supervision.