A woman took a knife to a Dundee club because she “needed it for protection”.
Chantal Nell was on a business trip to the city when punters at Out nightclub spotted her with the blade.
They reported the Londoner to bouncers who confronted her, prompting her to hand over the two-and-a-half inch lock knife.
Police were called, with Nell then telling them: “I had it for my own protection.”
Fiscal depute Nicola Gillespie told Dundee Sheriff Court that Nell “refused to accept it was illegal to have it”.
She added: “There were approximately 80 people in the club at the time.
“Door stewards were told at around 2.10am that the accused was in possession of a knife.
“They passed a description to stewards who located her.
“She was escorted to the entrance and thereafter she was asked if she had a knife, to which she replied yes.
“Without hesitation she complied and handed it over.
“Police attended immediately and she was searched with no further items found.
“She repeatedly said she had it for her own protection and refused to accept it was illegal to have it.”
Nell, 43, of Elizabeth Square, Rotherhithe Street, London, pleaded guilty on indictment to possessing a knife at Out nightclub, St Andrews Street, Dundee, on February 13 this year.
Defence solicitor David Duncan said: “She is aware that all options will require to be considered in sentencing.”
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and released her on bail meantime.