Eight months jail after knife scare in Barrow
Last updated at 12:33, Tuesday, 07 January 2014
A MAN caught in possession of three knives in Barrow town centre has been given eight months in jail.
A terrified taxi driver spotted Martin Cheung carrying two 12-inch knives in the early hours of the morning.
The driver informed the police and Cheung was arrested after getting into a scuffle outside the Manhattan nightclub in Barrow.
Cheung, aged 22, of Sidney Street, Barrow, had been committed for sentence to Preston Crown Court by magistrates, having earlier admitted three offences of having a bladed article in a public place last October.
Miss Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, said it was around 1.30am on October 19 when the taxi driver, waiting outside the Barrow Arms pub, saw a man walking towards him, carrying a tennis racket and two carving-type knives.
The driver, terrified he might try and get into his vehicle, flagged down a passing police patrol car.
Officers then saw what appeared to be a confrontation between the defendant and another man outside Manhattan.
Door staff and members of the public intervened and pulled Cheung to the floor.
During a search, an eight-inch blade knife, without a handle, was found pushed down the front of his trousers.
Cheung said he could recall very little apart from waking up in a police cell. He said he was on anti-depressants at the time.
Cheung had no previous convictions.
Mr David Traynor, defending, said Cheung appreciated the seriousness of his position, had made early admissions, followed by a guilty plea at the first opportunity.
He said: “He had had an argument with his then-girlfriend. He had drunk more than normal.”
Mr Traynor said Cheung had acted out of character that night and had not drunk since.
Judge Christopher Cornwall said: “When someone is in possession of that sort of weaponry and is extremely drunk, there is no saying what ultimately may happen.
“Such a person is not in control of himself and for such a person to be in possession of weapons such as this is utterly alarming.
“The public interest demands that those who carry knives in these circumstances lose their liberty.”
First published at 08:50, Monday, 06 January 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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