A teenage yob who got “tooled up” with a mallet after a rammy with his girlfriend has been warned by a sheriff.
Martin Dawkins, 18, was found with the hammer sticking out of his trouser pocket by cops in Paisley’s Stock Street on November 17.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard Dawkins, of Waverley Road, Foxbar, had stormed out of the house after a blazing row with his girlfriend Amy Mullen.
And when tracked down by police, he claimed: “It’s a mallet. My uncle has been threatening me. I was feart for my life.
“It’s something that made me feel safe.”
Procurator Fiscal Depute Flora Napier told the court he and Ms Mullen had been together for around six months when they started fighting on the day in question, adding: “This lead to him shouting at the witness, telling her to leave the locus.
“He left but returned and entered the bedroom and they started arguing.
“During the argument the accused started throwing several things around the room.”
The fiscal said he barged into a glass cabinet and hurled an item at the fridge before pushing past his girlfriend and leaving the house.
Ms Napier added: “The matter was reported and police traced the accused where they observed a handle protruding from his pocket.
“He was detained for the purpose of a search and officers recovered a mallet.”
Dawkins pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of an offensive weapon, namely a hammer mallet, without reasonable excuse or lawful authority.
He also admitted a public disorder charge of shouting, bawling and throwing items around the property he shared with his partner.
Defence agent Terry Gallanagh said his client was admitting responsibility for the offence and drew attention to his young age.
He said: “He is very young and has no prior convictions. He has pleaded guilty to the offences.”
Sheriff Colin Pettigrew tore a strip off Dawkins for wandering around Paisley with the mallet on him.
He said: “It’s one thing to fall out with your partner.
“It’s another thing to walk into the public sphere with something you have taken for your protection.
“You cannot have people arming themselves.
“You cannot get tooled up and go out in the public arena.”
He deferred sentencing him to call for background reports.
Dawkins will discover his fate when he reappears at court on January 12.