Fife man jailed for threats with samurai sword

 

A Lochgelly man has been jailed after threatening people with a samurai sword near his home.

Thomas Finan took out the sword with a 20-inch blade after an argument broke out involving a friend of his.

Finan (49), of Adamson Road, appeared from custody at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on 14th May, at Adamson Road, he was in possession of the sword without reasonable excuse or lawful authority.

He also admitted he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by uttering threatening remarks and brandishing the sword.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said the incident occurred at around 2.15pm when relatives of a recently deceased person were clearing out their property.

“The accused heard noise coming from this block of flats and came out with a samurai sword. The cover was still on it but he was approaching people and threatening them, waving the sword at them.

“The police were called and the accused was detained at his home.”

Defence solicitor Ian Beatson said there was a “confrontation” between a friend of his client and other people who were clearing the property.

It was at this point, his client became involved and the sword remained sheathed throughout the incident, added Mr Beatson.

He said Finan suffered from various health problems including diabetes, was partially blind and has had two heart attacks recently.

Sheriff Charles MacNair called for reports but on hearing he was being remanded in custody, Finan asked to be sentenced without reports.

He was then jailed for six months.

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