Jail for Grantham man found with knuckleduster

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A Grantham man caught with a knuckleduster while he was under the threat of a suspended prison sentence for his part in a violent pub brawl has been jailed for 15 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Shaun Page was found with the weapon when police officers raided a flat in Station Road, Grantham, as part of an unconnected investigation.

Page, who was at the flat with two other men, was searched during the raid and the knuckleduster was discovered in his back pocket.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Page told officers the weapon belonged to somebody else and he had forgotten it was in his pocket.

Page, 23, of Tamar Court, admitted possession of an offensive weapon on June 1. He also admitted breach of a suspended jail sentence imposed at the court in November 2011 for affray following an incident in The Priory pub in Grantham.

Recorder Gareth Evans QC said: “There can be no good for reason for anybody carrying a knuckleduster. I have no doubt that when you were given a suspended sentence you were told that if you committed a further offence within the period then you would have to serve it. I take the view that there has to be an immediate prison sentence.”

Justin Atkinson, defending, said Page picked up the knuckleduster at a party and intended to throw it away.

He said: “It went into his back pocket where he forgot about it.

“He didn’t appreciate the seriousness of his actions. The weapon was never brandished and there was no sinister intention behind his possession of it.”

He said Page has two children and has recently discovered that his current girlfriend is pregnant.