A ROSYTH man was found to have a kitchen knife in his bag after police were called to a disturbance.

Kenneth Hynd was arrested on suspicion of having assaulted his former boyfriend.

When a police officer searching him asked if he had any sharp objects on him, Hynd told him he had a knife in his bag “for protection”.

Police had been called out to a report of a disturbance at a flat in Inverkeithing at around 1am.

Kenneth Hynd, 42, of Mellor Court, went on trial at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He told the court he could not remember much about the night because he had taken alcohol on top of medication.

It was alleged that between June 14-15, at Keith Place, Inverkeithing, he assaulted his ex-partner, seized him by the throat and punched him repeatedly to the head. Sheriff James MacDonald’s verdict on that charge was not proven.

However, Hynd was found guilty of a second charge that on June 15, at Keith Place, he was in possession of a knife.

Sheriff MacDonald said the circumstances of the offence were “peculiar”. He said he would take the “exceptional course” of deferring sentence until April 23 for Hynd to be of good behaviour.