A man who had a haul of weapons threatened to “slash” staff at Caird Park golf course after they woke him from a drug-induced nap at the putting green.
Eric Cox, 41, also threatened to “smash” staff at Morrison’s supermarket earlier that day, on June 23, when they challenged his “suspicious” behaviour.
Cox’s excuse for possessing the weapons, which included a lock knife, a Swiss Army knife and a multi-tool blade, was they happened to be inside a holdall he had stolen from a car.
The court heard the accused, a prisoner at HMP Edinburgh, had a long-standing problem with drugs and had taken Valium at the time of the offences.
He is now facing the possibility of another prison sentence.
Fiscal depute Saima Rasheed said: “At around 6pm staff at Morrison’s observed him staggering and acting suspiciously near some shelves.
“Staff approached him and he got aggressive, threatening to smash a member of staff.
“At 6.45pm he was sleeping on a park bench at Caird Park golf course. A member of staff approached him and asked him to move.
“He shouted ‘I’ve got a blade and I’m going to slash you.’
“There was an altercation between him and some golfers, and a multitude of blades fell out of his pocket.”
Cox pleaded guilty to a total of five charges stating that he behaved in a threatening and abusive manner at Morrison’s on Afton Way and at Caird Park in Dundee, as well as possessing three offensive weapons at Caird Park, all on June 23.
The court heard that Cox was already subject to a drug treatment and testing order, with which he had been making some progress.
However, the offences committed on June 23 were a relapse in his efforts to get clean and he was said to be “disappointed” with his “disastrous fall from grace” on that day.
Sheriff Lorna Drummond deferred sentencing until October 31 for criminal justice and social work reports including a report on Cox’s drug treatment order.
Addressing the accused, she said: “I’m not making any promises – you may be sent to jail.”