Grantham court: Man with bar stool on bike had drugs and knife

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Police found drugs, a knife and a knuckleduster on a man after they stopped him wheeling his bike through Grantham with a bar stool on the seat.

Colin Robert Johns, 30, of Tennyson Avenue, Grantham, admitted possessing a quantity of amphetamine, possessing cannabis, having an offensive weapon in a public place and a small kitchen knife in a public place on July 11.

Prosecuting, Shelley Wilson told the court that police were suspicious when they saw Johns pushing his mountain bike along Stonebridge Road at 1am.

Johns told the officers he had got the stool from a skip although it was never ascertained where the skip was.

The officers searched him and found the knife, the cannabis in a tobacco tin and the knuckleduster in a pocket of his jeans.

While he was being booked into Grantham police station a further search uncovered a syringe with a brown liquid which was amphetamine in injectible form.

Mrs Wilson said Johns explained the knife was for whittling wood to make into walking sticks.

When officers said they would check his address, he said the sticks would be smashed up.

He said the knuckleduster was for protection because he had received threats recently.

He said he had believed the cannabis to be tobacco, but admitted using the syringe himself.

The court was told Johns was already on bail on an assault charge which was due to be heard in court soon.

Defending, Andrew Goldsborough said that Johns had been fuly compliant with the police.

When the custody sergeant had suggested the brown liquid was heroin, Johns had told him it was actually amphetamine.

Mr Goldsborough said the knife was found at the bottom of a bag and had not been brandished or used in a dangerous way.

He had not brandished the knuckleduster either or used it in a threatening manner, but had received threats previously.

The court was told that Johns was the subject of a drug rehabilitation requirement in 2009.

Recently he had collapsed in his kitchen because of his drug use and then took himself to the Drugs and Alcohol Recovery Team.

Mr Goldsborough said: “He realises it’s time he has to change his ways with his drug use.”

After reading a probation report, the magistrates imposed a community order on Johns with 12 months’ supervision, including a drug rehabilitation requirement for six months.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.

The magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs, knife and knuckleduster.