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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Knifeman spared prison sentence by Carlisle court

A man who was carrying a knife in public has been spared an immediate prison sentence.

Karl Carnochan, 31, pulled the blade from his back pocket and “messed about with it” while out with his girlfriend after a row broke when they came across two other people.

But a judge accepted he did not produce the blade to cause intimidation and was not carrying it for any sinister reason.

Carnochan, of Yeathouse Road, Frizington, was given a two-month jail sentence, suspended for a year, at Carlisle Crown Court after admitting having a blade on May 4 last year.

The court heard Carnochan and his girlfriend were walking a dog on a path leading to Cleator Moor and had taken with them “a substantial quantity of alcohol”.

They came across two other people and there was a row. At one point Carnochan, who was drunk, removed the knife from his back pocket.

The court was told he had been cleared by a jury last month of threatening a person with a blade or pointed article. But he had admitted having the knife and was sentenced for this offence.

The judge, Miss Recorder Abigail Hudson, said: “Had a fight erupted anyone of the four of you could have been injured. I accept that you did not produce that weapon to intimidate and I accept you had it for no sinister reason. None of that is an excuse for carrying it and carrying it while drunk.”

Carnochan was given a 12-months supervision order and a two month 9pm to 7am curfew. He must pay £340 costs.

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