A TEENAGER armed with a knuckleduster who struggled violently with police was sentenced yesterday to seven months.

William Douglas, 19, was caught with the weapon near Glasgow Central station last October.

He pleaded guilty in May at Glasgow Sheriff Court and was granted bail but then assaulted a 14-year-old boy in June.

Douglas was given a five-month sentence at Paisley Sheriff Court last week for that attack which will run before his jail time for the Glasgow offence.

Sheriff Andrew Cubie told Douglas, of Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, there was now “no alternative but detention” for the knuckleduster offence.

An earlier hearing was told Douglas approached PC Chloe Smith and PC Richard Divine while they were dealing with an unrelated matter.

Douglas then “gave the police occasion" to search him.

Prosecutor Mark Allan said: “He struggled violently with the police and who tried to detain him for a search.

“During the process, he produced a knuckleduster out his jacket pocket which he discarded.”

The silver weapon was recovered by the officers.

When quizzed, he replied: “It was not mine. I was holding it for a pal.”

Douglas admitted restricting, obstructing or hindering police and the unlawful possession of a knuckleduster in a public place.

He was granted bail by Sheriff Cubie who had been considering a restriction of liberty order.

Gordon Nicol, defending, told the court Douglas committed the Paisley assault in June after he thought a group of boys “laughed at him.”

Mr Nicol added: “He was with his girlfriend and thought it was because of the state he was in.

“He was well aware of your lordship’s words to him before he left.”