A British man was arrested Saturday after he was found walking the streets of Dunfermline, Scotland, with a potato peeler.
Scott Walker, 39, appeared before the Dunfermline Sheriff Court Monday, where he was charged under Criminal Law Act 1995 for carrying “an article which had a blade or which was sharply pointed, namely a potato peeler,” the Dunfermline Press reported.
The man faces up to four years in prison for carrying the kitchen utensil in public without good reason.
Walker’s defense solicitor said in court Monday her client “suffers from significant learning difficulties which have been lifelong.”
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It is illegal in the United Kingdom to carry a knife longer than three inches in public “without good reason.” What constitutes a “good reason” to carry a knife is a decision made on a case-by-case basis by the courts. (Read more from “Man Arrested for Wielding Potato Peeler in Public” HERE)