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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Man who had kitchen knife in his waistband jailed

A man who carried a “lethal weapon” in his waistband has been jailed for a year.

Judge Paul Batty QC told Damien Atkinson, 22, there was no justification for his carrying a 7in kitchen knife in public after he took it out on his way to a friend’s house.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Atkinson had been attacked while at home earlier in the evening, on New Year’s Eve, when two men went into his home in Whitehaven.

Defence barrister Greg Hoare said Atkinson was left with a suspected fractured jaw after the confrontation.

Prosecutor Tim Evans said the men threatened to kill him.

Atkinson appeared in court to be sentenced for carrying a blade in public and for breaching the terms of a community order imposed last December for an affray charge.

Mr Hoare said Atkinson had difficulties in his personal life after splitting up with his girlfriend, moving out of their home in Cambridge Road, and embarking on a custody battle over his children.

Judge Batty told Atkinson he had a poor criminal record and had made his 15th appearance in court. “All your offences are drink related,” he said.

“Many are offences of violence.”

He told Atkinson, who also has previous convictions for having a blade in a public place, that, “while I accept you may have been assaulted, that does not give you justification to carry a lethal weapon, like a 7in knife, in your waistband.”

“You threatened to headbutt police officers on your way to the police station,” he said.

“Anyone who carries knives on the streets of Cumbria will receive significant custodial terms”.

Atkinson, of no fixed address, was jailed for nine months for carrying the knife and Judge Batty revoked a community order for the affray charge last year and jailed him for three months consecutively.

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