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Man with knife jailed

PUBLISHED: 10:56 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 05 July 2010

A man found with a knife outside his Lowestoft flat has been jailed for eight weeks as part of tough new sentencing guidelines given to courts.

Peter Freeman, 30, was found with the kitchen knife in the back pocket of his jeans after he called police to deal with a man who was allegedly refusing to leave his flat, Lowestoft Magistrates' Court heard yesterday.

A man found with a knife outside his Lowestoft flat has been jailed for eight weeks as part of tough new sentencing guidelines given to courts.

Peter Freeman, 30, was found with the kitchen knife in the back pocket of his jeans after he called police to deal with a man who was allegedly refusing to leave his flat, Lowestoft Magistrates' Court heard yesterday.

Mitzy Bond, prosecuting, said: “He was bare-chested and intoxicated… and when asked why he had the knife, he couldn't give a reasonable answer.”

He was then taken to the police station for questioning and Ms Bond added: “He told police he would sort things out and 'stab him up', referring to the man who wouldn't leave his flat.”

Freeman, of Kirkley Cliff Road, pleaded guilty to possession of a knife and was told by chairman of the bench James Goldspink: “This court takes it extremely seriously when people carry knives in a public place.”

Wayne Clarke, for Freeman, said his client denied saying he was going to stab anyone and that the steak knife was in his pocket because he used it for DIY.

Tougher sentences for people carrying knives in public was introduced earlier this month after the Sentencing Guidelines Council said magistrates need to react to the current climate of concern over knife crime.


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