A MAN with an unblemished record was slammed by a sheriff for carrying a knife near Barras Markets.

John Kelly was unable to offer an explanation for being caught with a lockback blade hidden in the waistband of his trousers.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard the dad had tried to hide the weapon when he was pulled over by cops.

But a search revealed the concealed weapon and the 26-year-old was arrested.

Depute fiscal Lauren Ram Sangray gave details of the incident at 9.20pm on March 13, 2021.

She told the court how police officers had cause to stop a Seat Leon car on Bain Street near the famous markets.

When they did so, they spotted Kelly discarding something underneath the vehicle.

Officers searched both the car and Kelly, from Carntyne, who admitted to them: “I have got a lockback in my waistband.”

Ms Ram Sangray said: "The lockback was clipped in to the waistband of his track suit bottoms."

Kelly's defence lawyer told the court he lives with his partner, who is heavily pregnant, and their four-year-old child.

Sheriff Patricia Pryce said: "What is he doing?

"He is a man who works full time and is in a stable relationship with no record."

The defence brief said: "He has no reasonable or justifiable excuse for having the item.

"It was a moment of madness and he is going to be stuck with it on his record for the rest of his life.

"He is in a good job and a good position financially.

"His partner has been less than impressed by his actions.

"The ultimate consequence to him is the loss of his unblemished record now he has an arrest and charge on it and he will have to deal with that."

Sheriff Pryce replied: "It’s not what she needs while she is heavily pregnant."

Kelly was placed on a community payback order for 12 months and ordered to carry out 90 hours of unpaid work.

The sheriff added: "It is very unusual to see someone like yourself in these circumstances in this court.

"You have got a very good job and a stable life so it beggars belief that you are here at all."