“Snitches get stitches”: Fife man took knife to bar after slash threats


A Fife man took a knife to a bar where his former partner was with her friends, after warning her, “Snitches get stitches.” 

Jamie Ashmore later claimed the messages, which also included a threat to slash people with a blade, were a joke. 

However, a sheriff did not treat it as a joke when he imposed a six-month custodial sentence. 

Ashmore (20), of Laurel Road, Rosyth, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court. 

He previously admitted that on 6th May at CJs pool hall, Queensferry Road, Rosyth he sent messages to his partner which were grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing nature. 

He also admitted he was in possession of a knife at CJs. 

The court heard Ashmore was already on community payback orders. 

Depute fiscal Alex Piper said the incident took place immediately after the couple had an argument and split up. 

There was an exchange of text messages which became more threatening in nature on Ashmore’s part. 

He texted, “You know who I used to be” followed by a knife symbol. 

He then wrote, “Ready to get a blade out and slash every c*** like”. 

His ex-girlfriend then told him she was going to call 999. 

Ashmore replied, “Snitches get stitches”. A friend of the victim contacted the police. 

Ashmore then turned up at the bar where she was with her friends at around 10.30pm and appeared to be under the influence of drink or drugs. 

He spoke to his ex-partner and produced a knife saying, “If anybody wants to say anything, I’ve got this.” 

When she told her friends Ashmore had a knife they challenged him about it and he dumped it in a bin. 

Defence solicitor Ian Beatson said his client, who lives with his parents, “stupidly sent messages he thought were a joke.” 

However, Sheriff Charles MacNair said he was not prepared to accept Ashmore’s explanation for having the knife. He claimed he had it on him following a camping trip. 

The sheriff pointed out that Ashmore had previously been convicted of stalking the same person. 


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