Imaginary samurai attack
A MAN cut himself and then tried to pin the blame on a group of samurai sword-wielding thugs, Alloa Sheriff Court heard.
Daniel Hutchison (20) dreamed up his attackers after he was embarrassed for slashing his own chest.
His tale unravelled after police told him CCTV cameras may have recorded the alleged assault and confessed as he recovered in hospital.
Hutchison, of McKinlay Crescent, Alloa, was placed on an 18 month Community Payback Order with the condition that he attend alcohol counselling.
He appeared on Thursday and pled guilty to wasting police time on 2 December last year.
He further admitted failing to appear at court on 14 May 2012.
Fiscal depute Ann MacNeill said at 5.30am an ambulance crew received a call that a man had been slashed in Kingswell Park.
She said, "Police were made aware of the incident and found the accused lying on his back with several of his friends trying to assist him."
Hutchison had two 12cm long slash marks to his chest.
She said, "Asked how he got the injuries he said he had been assaulted by four unknown males in a car with a samurai sword."
Hutchison was taken to hospital for treatment. When the officers returned to question him on the identity of the attackers he confessed to inventing the story.
George Higgins, defending, said his client began using drugs after his mother was diagnosed with an illness.
He said, "He had taken drugs and drink that day to excess and took a stanley knife and cut himself with that. He then went to his friend's residence and said he was attacked as he was embarrassed that he did it to himself."
Mr Higgins added, "Clearly there has been crisis in his life and he is trying to overcome that crisis."
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 12 Sep 12
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