Grantham court: Man had knife concealed in his jumper sleeve

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A Grantham man has pleaded guilty to possession of a knife, saying that he had it after using it to fix a gate.

Francis James O’Connor, 56, of East Avenue, admitted that he was in possession of a kitchen knife without good reason or lawful authority, at Dysart Road, Grantham, on February 3.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said that the discovery was made during a drug search by police, while the defendant was in a taxi.

O’Connor admitted to police that he had the knife concealed under his right forearm in the sleeve of his jumper.

He was arrested and during interview O’Connor said that he had been using the knife earlier in the day to cut some string, in order to tie up a gate which was banging in the wind.

He added that he had then gone out to see a friend, and without thinking left his home while he still had the knife in his possession.

Representing O’Connor, Rob Arthur explained that when the police stopped the taxi they were looking for someone else, not his client, and highlighted that he had admitted to having the knife himself.

“When police asked if he had anything on him, he said yes, and produced the knife,” said Mr Arthur.

He described the knife as five inches in length, including a three-inch handle. “It was a very small blade, a small kitchen knife,” he said, adding: “The knife was not used in any threatening way.”

O’Connor received a conditional discharge lasting 12 months, and must pay £85 in prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Magistrates also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the knife.