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Police stripogram student cleared
Stuart Kennedy dressed in police uniform
Stuart Kennedy was questioned after officers saw him
A police stripogram who uses props such as batons in his routines has been cleared of offensive weapons charges.

Stuart Kennedy, 24, was put on trial after genuine officers saw him and raised questions about his act.

Mr Kennedy had been accused of having two batons and a fake CS spray without lawful authority in Aberdeen.

A sheriff upheld a defence submission of no case to answer at Aberdeen Sheriff Court as Mr Kennedy had "reasonable excuse" to have the items.

Commenting on the outcome, the procurator fiscal service said it took weapon related offences "extremely seriously".

It also said that it would consider looking into appealing the decision.

In a statement issued on Tuesday it added: "We are satisfied that the decision to raise proceedings in this case was entirely appropriate, and in the public interest.

'Merely props'

"It is entirely and appropriately a matter for the Sheriff to determine the outcome, having seen and heard the evidence given in Court.

"We note the Sheriff's decision in this case."

Mr Kennedy told the BBC Scotland news website after the case: "I am not surprised at the outcome - but I am relieved.

"I did not break the law and common sense has prevailed."

Stuart Kennedy dressed in police uniform
Mr Kennedy denied the allegations at Aberdeen Sheriff Court

Mr Kennedy's lawyer argued that his client had "no intention" of causing harm or injury with the items.

Speaking on the second day of the trial on Tuesday, Iain McGregor said: "The two items [batons] in charges one and two were being used as props in the performance being carried out by Mr Kennedy."

He said that Sheriff Kenneth Stewart should also throw out the charge of possessing the fake CS spray.

"The Crown has not provided any evidence that the item in the charge was in fact a spray," said Mr McGregor.

"The reasonable excuse has been made out by Mr Kennedy in respect of the items in all the charges that these are merely props."

Mr Kennedy, a genetics student, was cautioned and charged after two police officers noticed him outside the Paramount Bar in Bon Accord Street in March.

They let him perform his routine before taking him to Grampian Police headquarters for questioning.

The sheriff said he believed Mr Kennedy had "reasonable excuse" to carry the batons because he was using them as props.

He also ruled that the Crown had failed to analyse the contents of the spray, therefore it could not be concluded that Mr Kennedy had carried it with the intent to cause harm or injury.



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