Linwood man jailed after having two knives outside local pub


A Linwood man who asked pubgoers to help him find two knives he had thrown away when he saw police officers has been jailed for more than a year.

Callum Maxwell, described as a prisoner at Low Moss Prison near Bishopbriggs, admitted breaking his bail order on September 3 last year and being in possession of two knives in Linwood.

The public prosecutor told Paisley Sheriff’s Court that Maxwell, 27, was released on bail on June 15 last year, with curfew conditions to remain at his Linwood home between 8 a.m. pm and 7 am every day.

He explained: “Around 11 p.m. on Friday, September 3, 2021, several witnesses were standing outside the Clippens Inn public house in Linwood.

They were at the back door, which faces Stirling Drive.

“The defendant was outside at the back of the public house and was drinking a can of beer and chatting with several people outside.

“A marked police vehicle drove down Stirling Drive towards the junction with Clippens Road.

“Witnesses saw the defendant appear to be panicking and throwing items on the concrete and grass area at the rear of the pub.

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“A witness saw that the defendant had thrown two knives, one with a red handle and one with a black handle.

“The marked police vehicle passed and the witness began to speak with the accused, who still seemed agitated.

“The witness told the defendant to calm down and the defendant began making comments about stabbing an unknown male who had just passed by.

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“The witness said it would be better if the defendant picked up the knives.

“The defendant then asked two witnesses if they had flashlights on their phones and if they could help him find ‘something.’

“The witness assisted the defendant and they searched the nearby area of ​​concrete and grass.

“A witness found a black handled kitchen knife near the sidewalk in the grassy area.

Maxwell appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court via video link

“The defendant walked over, picked up the knife and put it in his jacket sleeve.

“The defendant then asked the witness if they could also find a red knife.

“This was found on the edge of the grass after a short search.

“The defendant went back and put this knife in his other sleeve, and then said, ‘Don’t tell anyone what I have, I’ll get five years for this.’

“The witness went back inside the pub and informed the manager.

Maxwell appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court via video link

“At about 11:15 pm, another witness was standing at the back of the pub when the defendant approached him and showed him two knives in his possession.

“The witness then saw the defendant stick a knife into each sleeve of his jacket and the witness went back inside.

“At around 11:25pm the manager of the pub contacted the police on 999 and said there was a man sitting outside the pub and he had two knives. The manager gave a description and said the man had not been to the bar.

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“At around 11:30 p.m. the police arrived and immediately saw the accused on a wall.

“An unknown male motioned for the police to come closer and then pointed at the accused.

“Police approached Maxwell and reported that he would be detained for a search, and as they did so, one of the officers grabbed the defendant’s right arm and the other grabbed his left arm and both officers felt for long, hard objects on Maxwell’s jacket. accused. sleeves

“The defendant was placed face down on the hood of the police vehicle and officers recovered a black handled knife with a 20cm blade and a red kitchen knife with a 9cm blade.

“The defendant was arrested and his breach of bail came to light when he provided his details.”

Defense agent Terry Gallanagh said: “There is little I can say to mitigate the fact that he had these items.”

Gallanagh said his client had asked him to “publicly apologize to the court on his behalf.”

Sheriff Bruce Erroch QC said: “I can only hand down one sentence today and that is a prison sentence.

“I am concerned about his previous convictions and he has violated bail in the past which he has done here as well.

“You have accepted responsibility for what you did and for that I give you credit.”

Sheriff Erroch QC sentenced Maxwell to 16 months in prison, backdated to his pre-trial date of September 6.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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