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Man had knife in street 'to open tins', Carlisle court told

A man who was caught with a knife said he only carried it to open tins of beans, a court heard.

Police were alerted to Holmwood Road in Whitehaven on April 4 to reports of a drunken man outside a Chinese takeaway, Carlisle Crown Court was told.

The man, who was identified as Steven Gillespie, was arrested, taken to the police station and searched.

Officers found a 4in kitchen knife with a straight blade in the waist belt of Gillespie’s jeans.

He claimed he was carrying it because he would use it to opens tins of beans, the court heard.

The 47-year-old, who has 29 previous convictions for 59 offences, was on bail at the time for a separate matter. He was jailed for 110 days earlier this week by magistrates after he was convicted of assault.

Gillespie admitted possession of a bladed article.

Marion Weir, defending, said Gillespie had been staying in Blackpool at the time and had travelled back to Whitehaven to see his mum when he was caught with the knife. But she added that he didn’t use the knife or threaten anyone with it.

Sentencing Gillespie, Judge Peter Hughes told him the fact that he had committed the offence while on bail and that he was in possession of a knife made the offence “significant and serious”.

“Simply the carrying of knives on the streets is totally unacceptable,” Judge Hughes said.

Gillespie, whose last known address was given as Cheltenham Road, Blackpool, was sentenced to a further 110 days in prison to run consecutively with the 110 he is already serving.


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