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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Prank victim jailed after taking knife onto street

A man went into the street with a knife after his friends shaved his hair and then wrote on his head while he was drunk.

Police armed with pepper-type spray then came after Dylan Robertson, 20, after he phoned the force from a call box to say: “I’ve got a big knife.”

He went on to tell officers after he was arrested that he would not have used the blade – but he would have used a piece of wood instead.

Robertson, of Bounty Avenue, Maryport, was locked up for a year after appearing before Carlisle Crown Court.

Beccy McGregor, prosecuting, said police were called out in Workington on June 1. Robertson was seen to have “half of his hair shaved off and writing was on his head”.

Officers told him they had a disabling spray. Eventually, the court heard, he took a 6inch-long kitchen knife out of his sleeve.

In police interview Robertson admitted he had been drinking cider and lager all that day on a field with friends and later went to a house where he downed more alcohol. He had also been on drugs, the court heard.

“When he left the house he realised people were laughing at him because his head was shaved,” said Miss McGregor.

Robertson admitted having a blade in a public place.

His defence barrister, Mark Shepherd, said Robertson did not seem to threaten officers with the knife.

“He was understandably angry,” added Mr Shepherd. “He felt humiliated.”

Judge Paul Batty QC, passing sentence, said Robertson had appeared before the courts a number of times and they had “bent over backwards to give you opportunities”.

“Each time you have simply laughed in the face of the court,” added Judge Batty.

“The time of reckoning has now arrived. You were off your head rampaging with a knife.”

Robertson was sentenced to 12 months detention in a youth offenders’ institute.

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