A man who claimed staff at the Carseview mental health unit encouraged him to collect knives as a hobby has avoided jail after he was caught with a haul of weapons.
Scott Smith was pulled over by police on Fairbairn Street last October after his friend aroused suspicions by running into a block of flats.
Officers found eight knives in the boot of his car, one knife in the driver’s door and an axe underneath a seat.
The 28-year-old’s solicitor, Anika Jethwa, told Dundee Sheriff Court Smith was a keen collector of antique knives, something he was encouraged to take up as a hobby by staff at the Carseview Centre.
She said: “The letter from the nurse confirms he has a collection of antique knives. Maybe a stamp collection might have been safer.”
Sheriff Pino Di Emidio placed Smith on a curfew, requiring him to be at home between 7pm and 7am for six months.