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Saturday, 22 November 2014

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Two years in prison for Cumbrian man who had 'murderous' weapon

A drunk man who carried a “murderous” weapon in public and repeatedly headbutted a wall has been jailed.

Concerns were raised about Paul Hodgson, who a judge said had a “truly shocking” record for drunken violence, after he was spotted by club door staff in Penrith town centre.

The court heard that the 30-year-old, of Little Dockray, Penrith, was visibly drunk and was having an angry conversation on his phone.

He was seen to pull a large carving knife from his waistband, at which point door staff called the police, at about 1am on May 3.

Hodgson ran away when they arrived.

He threw the knife down a drain before being caught, at which point he became aggressive.

He was uncooperative and repeatedly headbutted a wall.

When questioned, Hodgson said he had been drinking heavily at home on his own, before heading out to the shop to buy some cigarettes.

He then called his girlfriend on the phone and became angry.

Hodgson said he could not remember why he took the knife, but admitted it was stupid.

He was drinking at home because of a previous court order that barred him from licensed premises.

Hodgson admitted being drunk and disorderly and possessing a knife in a public place. The weapon was later recovered.

In mitigation, the court heard that when sober, Hodgson was a hard-working father and had been a victim of violence in the past.

Sentencing, Judge Paul Batty QC said: “You were aggressive and being abusive and pulled out a potentially murderous weapon.

“The scourge of our age is the carrying of knives in public.

“I would be failing in my public duty if I did not punish this with a custodial sentence.”

Hodgson was sentenced to two years and two months in prison for being drunk and disorderly and carrying a knife and an additional two months to run concurrently for violating a suspended sentence for a previous conviction.

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