Barrhead man suffering drug overdose in car park found with knife in jacket pocket

A man who was being treated from suffering a drug overdose was found to be in possession of a knife.

Gregor Terry, 42, was seen lying in a Barrhead car park by concerned witnesses who called an ambulance as it was suspected he had suffered a drug overdose.

Ambulance staff called cops due to Terry’s condition who then found a knife in his jacket pocket.

Terry described as a prisoner of Low Moss appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court from custody and admitted he was in possession of a lock-back knife on December 12, last year at Duncolm View, Barrhead.

The court heard: “Around 9.20am on Sunday, December 12, 2021, staff of the Scottish Ambulance service were instructed to attend in relation to an unresponsive male lying on the ground believed to be a potential drug overdose.

“Upon arrival they found the accused to be lying on the ground near to a red car with the driver side door open and the keys beside the accused.

“Paramedics began to carry out medical checks on the accused due to him being unresponsive.

“The clothing worn by the accused had to be cut to carry out further medical checks, these items of clothing once removed were placed inside the open vehicle.

“At 10.05am police were instructed to attend in relation to the accused of having overdosed.

“On arrival, police were told of the circumstances by ambulance staff who handed over the vehicle keys that were found beside the accused.

“Police carried out police system checks to confirm the identity of the accused and that the vehicle belonged to him.

“Terry was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital to be assessed by medical staff.

“Due to concerns of what the accused may have taken, and to ensure his safety, police carried out a search of the accused’s jacket and a black handled lock back knife was recovered from the pocket of the accused.

“Mr Terry was not formally cautioned and charged due to his state of consciousness at the time.

“He was cautioned and charged later at the hospital and made no reply.”

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Defense agent Kirsty McGeehan told the court Terry had overdosed on prescription medication.

Ms McGeehan said: “Following this incident Terry was taken to hospital and he spent nine days in the high dependency unit.

“The knife was for self-harm and he has attempted suicide before.

“He has an appointment on Monday with a psychiatrist so I ask for you to defer this to await the report from the psychiatric assessment.”

Sheriff Gillian Craig deferred sentencing for the psychiatric report to be carried out and also called for a criminal justice social work report until March 29.

Terry was remanded in custody meanwhile.

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