A teenager caught with a mallet after a blazing row with his girlfriend has been handed a hefty fine.
Martin Dawkins, 18, armed himself with the weapon and stormed outside amid claims he was being threatened by a member of his family.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard Dawkins was arrested by cops who found him in the town’s Stock Street with the mallet sticking out of his pocket on November 17 last year.
This week, he appeared for sentencing after pleading guilty to possessing the mallet.
He also admitted a second charge of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner by shouting, bawling and throwing items around the property he shared with his partner in Waverley Road, Foxbar.
Defence agent Charlie McCusker said his client, who was blighted by a troubled upbringing, is a first offender, who was given “a fright” when he was arrested and locked up in a cell.
He said: “He is a stranger to the courts, but he knows he should not have had the item on him.
“He fell out with the person who normally supports him and he stopped to pick up the object.
“He did not enjoy his time in custody, telling me the cell gave him a fright.
“In respect of his girlfriend, they were best friends before they became intimate and he is hoping they are able to reconcile.”
The lawyer added Dawkins “realises the serious nature of the offence”, but said the youngster very much regretted his actions and had pleaded guilty as early as he could.
Sheriff Colin Pettigrew told him he was fortunate he didn’t end up in serious trouble after grabbing the weapon and heading outside.
He said: “It could have become much more serious than it otherwise was.
“It is a serious charge, but I have to put things in context, and given what I heard, I will not make things more difficult for you.”
He fined him a total of £550 to mark the severity of the offence, telling him “society cannot accept” people arming themselves.