A man caught with two knives in a city supermarket because Dundee was a “dangerous place” has dodged a prison sentence.
Oktawiusz Burblis, of Chalkhill Court in Whitfield, was stopped by security staff and found to have a blade hidden in his sock.
A subsequent search of the 29-year-old’s car revealed a nine-inch, double-edged lock knife.
Dundee Sheriff Court previously heard that when he was asked about the knives, Burblis claimed he had the weapons for “self-defence”.
Purblis admitted that he possessed the blade and the lock knife at Tesco, Riverside Drive, on January 11.
Fiscal depute Charmaine Gilmartin told the court Burblis was in the store and security staff had reason to speak to him and asked him to accompany them to an office.
While there, he was seen to place something in his right sock.
She said: “Police arrived and he was asked if he had anything sharp in his possession, to which he replied ‘no’.
“The accused was searched and a blade was found within his right sock.
“He was immediately cautioned and asked why he had the blade.
“The accused replied ‘for self-defence’.
“The accused was also in possession of a Ford car key and told officers that he had a vehicle in the car park.
“The car was searched and a police officer recovered a lock knife under the driver’s seat.
“The accused was asked why he had the knife and he replied ‘Dundee is a dangerous place’.”
The fiscal said the lock knife was double-ended, had two serrated-edged blades and was approximately nine inches in length, with each blade about 2.5in long.
She said the weapon in Burblis’s sock had a plastic handle and blade, both about one inch long.
In December, Burblis was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work for threatening to slit the throat of a 12-year-old boy in what was described by a sheriff as a “horrendous” ordeal.
Sentence on Burblis, who’s currently on a community payback order, was previously deferred for background report.
Sheriff Alastair Brown sentenced him to a community payback order requiring him to complete 260 hours of unpaid work.