A man who made a false accusation that his ex-partner had cut him has been told he could be sent to prison.
Steven Connery was initially caught out by police who went to a house on Jessie Street, Blairgowrie, on July 23 after he reported the woman had injured his face with a knife.
The 35-year-old alleged the offence had taken place in March, but one of the officers sent to the call-out remembered the circumstances, and Connery came clean that there was no truth in it.
He was warned about wasting police time, but just a few days later, having self-harmed with a knife, he claimed neck injuries he sustained had been caused by his former partner.
Connery, of Esk Park Terrace, Brechin, appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court after sentence had previously been deferred for the preparation of a criminal justice report.
Fiscal depute Stewart Duncan said that in the second incident, Connery had sent a picture message to his former girlfriend which alarmed her and she alerted the emergency services.
The accused was found lying on the bedroom floor of the property with blood on his neck and shoulders, and a blood-covered knife nearby.
Connery later told police he wanted to make a complaint against the woman.
Sheriff Derek Reekie told Connery: “These offences were committed within days of early release from custody for a domestically-related assault against the same lady.
“These are serious and troubling matters. I am prepared to explore other options, but I give you no promise on what the outcome will be.”
Connery will return to court for sentence on December 20 following the preparation of a further criminal justice report.