An Angus man caught wielding a short samurai sword by police claimed he had been assaulted, a court heard.
Gerard Taylor, 54, from Brechin was found with an 11-inch blade in the street outside his Union Street home on January 1.
He appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court and pled guilty to an indictment alleging possession of an offensive weapon.
Fiscal depute Jill Drummond said police were called following reports of an argument and the accused emerged from the communal area outside his flat “in a confused and agitated state” with a “small samurai sword in his right hand and its associated case in his left hand.”
When he was interviewed by police, he said “I was assaulted by a fat (man) with a beard.”
Solicitor Hamish Watt said: “There was a group of people outside, and unknown persons in this group had assaulted him and he had a potential fracture on his nose.”
Sheriff Pino di Emidio deferred sentence to May 28 for the preparation of criminal justice social work reports, and granted the sword’s forfeiture