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Aviemore man fined for brandishing knife in pub

By Ali Morrison

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An Aviemore man brandished a knife then got behind the wheel of his car after a stint in the pub, a court has heard.

George Gaff (60), of Rothiemurchus, had been drinking at the Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore on April 8 when he pulled out the blade and brandished it towards two other men.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard the incident took place some time after 9pm.

He had accused one of the men of owing him money before he pulled the knife out.

Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

After leaving he was traced by police who found him drink driving while over the limit on an access road to his home.

He was found to have 79 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

The legal limit is 22mg.

Sheriff Robert Frazer said: “You are a man in your sixties.

“I note this is out of character . You have served your country in the military.”

The sheriff disqualified Gaff from driving for two years and imposed a £900 fine for the driving offence.

He was also fined £1200 for brandishing the knife and ordered to pay £500 compensation to each of the men he threatened with it.

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