A former Tayport man who was jailed for a knife attack on a random stranger was caught with an improvised blade at Perth prison.
Robbie Lowther feared other prisoners planned to harm him and claimed he had the weapon for his own safety.
The 23-year-old was caught with a razor blade that had been melted into the handle of a toothbrush.
At Perth Sheriff Court yesterday, Lowther, now a prisoner at Saughton, pled guilty to having the offensive weapon at Perth Prison on January 8 this year.
Depute fiscal Gavin Letford told the court that Lowther had been searched by two prison officers following a visiting session.
He said: “At 8.05pm, at the conclusion of the accused’s visitation, in accordance with policy, he was selected for a search.
“During the search a home-made weapon comprising of a razor blade melted into a toothbrush was recovered from his pocket.”
Lowther’s solicitor said he had received threats of violence while in prison and had requested a move because of fears for his safety, but this had not happened.
Sheriff Lindsay Foulis jailed Lowther for a further two years.
At the High Court in Edinburgh in May this year, Lowther was jailed for six years and eight months after admitting assaulting Morbheinn McTavish to her severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of her life on January 2 this year by striking her with a knife in Tayport’s Craig Road.
Lowther, who had been newly-freed at the time of that assault, told a pub customer he was “just out, but not for long”.