A BALLINGRY man has been jailed for a knife offence committed more than two years ago.

Alexander Aitken, 25, of Kirktoun Park, had been put on a community payback order but breached it three times.

Aitken had admitted that on June 30, 2016, at Martin Crescent, Ballingry, he was unlawfully in possession of a knife.

Earlier this year, Aitken was given a final warning that he was facing jail when he appeared for a second breach of the order.

At that time, it emerged that Aitken had only completed one hour of unpaid work in almost two years.

Sheriff Pino di Emidio said then: “He seems to have told a social worker he would rather go to prison and there’s nothing before me to suggest he’s unfit for work.”

Aitken claimed the knife was in his pocket after he had been carrying out work in his house and he forgot it was there.

Aitken was given another chance but was brought back to court after a third breach.

Sheriff Charles MacNair revoked the order and jailed Aitken for three months instead.