A COWDENBEATH man took a knife out into the street after a fall-out with his cousin.

John Douglas committed the offence after attending a funeral but “came to his senses” and threw the knife away.

Douglas, 27, of Gilmour Street, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on April 9, at Hill Street, Cowdenbeath, he was unlawfully in possession of a knife.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said Douglas had been at the funeral of a relative that day and he had been upset after a fall-out with his cousin and had gone home.

He later went back to his cousin’s house having been seen concealing a knife up his sleeve.

Defence solicitor Stephen Morrison said: “He was having a difficult time with his mental health. There was then a disagreement with a cousin who owed him money.”

He said his client “came to his senses” and discarded the knife in a park before going to his cousin’s door.

Sheriff James MacDonald told Douglas it was just as well he had got rid of the knife or he could have found himself in the High Court.

He imposed a community payback order with 12 months of supervision and 180 hours of unpaid work.