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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Cumbrian man who had knife sent to prison

A man has been jailed for a year when he was caught with a knife after his mother called police.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Darren Lee Johnstone, 36, had travelled from Wigton to visit his mother in the Harraby area of Carlisle in August 17.

But he became so agitated while he was there that she called the police as soon as he left, saying he was in a “state of mental turmoil” and threatening to take his own life.

Johnstone, a joiner, of Caldew Close, Wigton, was found nearby in Hillary Grove almost immediately.

He raised an arm, as if to ward off the approaching officers, so they took him to the ground, the court heard.

Johnstone was arrested when they found a folding pocket knife with a four-inch stiletto blade in his back pocket.

Prosecutor Gerard Rogerson said he “had been drinking but was not fully intoxicated”. He told police that he intended to use the knife to cut his own throat and stab himself in the heart, Mr Rogerson told the court.

Johnstone, who pleaded guilty to having an article with a blade or point, was jailed for a year.

Judge Paul Batty QC told him anyone who carried a knife on a public street “in whatever circumstances”, especially when drunk, would always be dealt with seriously by the courts.

Johnstone will be in jail until next September anyway, having already been recalled to prison to complete a three-year sentence for burglary, from which he was out on licence at the time.

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