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.”