Thug branded one of ‘UK’s worst teens’ and banned from county behind bars again

A thug once branded the worst teenager in an entire country has been jailed for 12 months after he was caught carrying a kitchen knife.

Gavin Inkster had been booted out of an Edinburgh Sainsbury's Local branch when he told staff he was carrying a blade.

Police caught him nearby and learned that Inkster had downed 40 valium tablets before committing the offence.

The 31-year-old – previously crowned "Scotland's worst teenager' gained notoriety in 2009 when he was punched with an Asbo banning him from the whole of Midlothian after terrorising neighbours.

Four years after that Inkster was convicted of a sex attack on a girl under 13.

He appeared from custody at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday after sentencing was deferred for reports.

Sheriff Alistair Noble jailed Inkster for one year.

Inkster admitted charges of knife possession and threatening or abusive behaviour at a hearing last month.

During the hearing, fiscal depute Jennifer McLaren said Inkster told the shop worker he had a knife while reaching into his jacket pocket, Daily Record reports.

According to McLaren the worker didn't see the knife, but his colleague did.

The worker didn’t see the knife, Ms McLaren said, but his colleague did.

According to the prosecutor, police were called following the incident in Causewayside, Newington, on October 11.

Officers traced Inkster close by and found him carrying the kitchen knife which had a four-inch blade, the court heard.

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Inkster was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries to his left arm, Ms Mclaren said.

Defence agent Christopher MacFarlane spoke at last month's hearing that his client had consumed a "significant" quantity of alcohol and drugs and had taken 40 valium tablets.

The defence agent said Inkster, a ground worker and labourer, had been self-harming using the knife which explained the arm wounds.

Inkster already had two convictions involving weapons from 2016 and 2018.

In 2009, Inkster received Scotland's first ever county-wide ban prohibiting from entering Midlothian as a 19-year-old.

His crime catalogue of offences led him to be dubbed ‘Scotland’s Worst Teen’.

In 2013 he sexually assaulted a girl in Musselburgh, East Lothian.

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