AN Inverness man has been jailed after being found with a replica samurai sword stashed down his trousers in South Kessock.
Police discovered the blade down the front of William Williamson’s trousers outside his Bridgeview Drive home.
Inverness Sheriff Court heard on Tuesday that officers went to the scene on March 25 after receiving an anonymous call about what the caller described as a disturbance and that a person had a sword.
When police arrived they found 42-year-old Williamson standing with an associate.
Depute Fiscal David Bernard told the court: "The accused was approached by police officers. He was searched and found placed down the front of his trousers was a replica samurai sword.
"When I say it is a replica samurai sword, it is still a sword. He was spoken to in relation to possession of a sword and was cautioned and charged."
Defence agent Iain Innes described the sword as being "ornamental" and a family heirloom of sentimental value to Williamson as it had belonged to his dead brother.
He said Williamson, who lives with his partner and four children, kept the sword in his bedroo, and that on the day of the offence, he had been drinking with another man. He said it was unclear who took the sword out of the house.
Mr Innes added: "Having had a look at the sword, the reason he was able to put it down his trousers is it does not have a sharp edge on it. While it was in a public place, it was just outside his own dwelling house.
"He and the other person involved had drunk too much and that clouded their judgement."
After examining the sword in court, Sheriff Ian Abercrombie sentenced Williamson to eight months in jail, backdated to March 27, when he was first remanded in custody.