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A student stripogram has escaped being banged-up after judges ruled his weapon is not offensive.

In May last year The National Student reported on Stuart Kennedy’s run-in with police. Known as Sergeant Eros, the dirty dancer’s policeman act attracted the attention of Grampian Police in Aberdeen who charged him with impersonating a police officer and carrying an offensive weapon.

But a sheriff seems to have no problem with Eros’ truncheon as the charges of carrying an offensive weapon in a public place without a reasonable excuse were recently thrown out.

The Crown appealed, but judges at the Justiciary Appeal Court in Edinburgh backed the sheriff in a move that Kennedy described as ‘excellent’.

On hearing the news Kennedy said, “It was a silly prosecution in the first place. The points the prosecution were making were silly. It’s a work uniform.”

“I am glad that’s the end of this case, it was wasting court time let alone appeal time, the money could be spent in better ways. I still cannot believe it ever got to this stage,” he added.

Eros was questioned and later charged by Grampian Police after a performance at a bar last year. The charge of impersonating a police officer was later dropped by prosecutors.

Sheriff Kenneth Stewart said: “There is no evidence at all which even hints at the suggestion that he had any intention of causing harm or injury to other persons.”

Advocate depute Brian McConnachie QC, for the Crown, had argued that if Sheriff Stewart’s ruling went unchallenged it could create a legal loophole for carrying weapons.

McConnachie said that criminals should not be allowed to flout the offensive weapon law by claiming they were on the way to a fancy dress party, and that there was an ‘important principle’ at stake.

“We could have ninjas carrying nunchaku sticks or going as a ned carrying a flick knife,” he said.

Neither Kennedy or his legal representatives were present at the hearing, and immediately appealed that they were not informed of the hearing and given the opportunity to express their opinions. A new date was to be set for the hearing but judge Lord Johnston said there was no need as Kennedy had already won the case.

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