Teen locked up after taking knuckleduster and screwdriver to ‘square go’ in Dundee supermarket car park

The incident happened in the car park of Sainsbury's, Dundee

A teenage thug who armed himself with a knuckle duster and a screwdriver to accompany his friend to a pre-arranged “square go” in a supermarket car park has been locked up for a year.

Paul Smith went with his pal as a “second” to the Sainsbury’s car park in Tom Johnstone Road after his friend told him 18-year-old Craig Wilkie had been terrorising his grandmother, Dundee Sheriff Court heard.

The thug — who has previous convictions for assaults using weapons including a machete — went along and immediately confronted Mr Wilkie, showing him the knuckle duster he had brought with him.

Fiscal depute Charmaine Gilmartin said Smith then pulled out a screwdriver from his waistband and “lunged” at Mr Wilkie, striking him on the body. She said: “A small wound was left on his chest.

“It was a two centimetre abrasion with no penetration.

“The accused left the scene following the incident and police were contacted.”

Smith, 19, a prisoner at HMP YOI Polmont, pleaded guilty to assaulting Craig Wilkie by striking him with a screwdriver to his injury on September 28 last year.

He further admitted being in possession of a knuckleduster on the same date.

Defence solicitor Anika Jethwa said: “His friend had a number of difficulties with the complainer who had been effectively terrorising his grandmother.

“He had been asked to go with his friend as a second, effectively, and it is clear the complainer wasn’t there just to have a chat. Mr Smith very foolishly took the knuckle duster and screwdriver with him.

“Fortunately there was no serious injury to the complainer.

“Clearly, this is very serious.”

Sheriff Alastar Carmichael said: “Your problem is that you have two previous convictions at sheriff and jury level for assault with the use of a weapon.

“This was a prearranged fight — it is not the way to sort things out.

“You weren’t even meant to be a participant but you stepped in and took things into your own hands.”