‘Chef’ in hot water over blade

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A MAN caught in the street with a knife claimed he had it because he was a chef.

But Lewis Roussos was stuck for words when asked why he needed such an item at 3.35 in the morning.

Roussos (25), of Columba Crescent, Motherwell, appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court last week. He admitted having a kitchen knife with a 10-inch blade in Hamilton Road, Bellshill, on August 18 last year.

Amanda Gallacher, prosecuting, said police officers spotted Roussos with a friend who appeared to be breaking the law by drinking alcohol in the street.

Roussos seemed ‘agitated and nervous’, and when questioned admitted having a knife. He said he was a chef but when the time of day was pointed out ‘he could offer no explanation’.

Sentence was deferred and Roussos had bail continued.

More from the court in this week’s Times & Speaker, out on Wednesday.