For­mer sol­dier is caught with knife third time

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JON MACPHER­SON

AFORMER sol­dier who was caught in pos­ses­sion of a knife for a THIRD time is set to face jail.

An­thony Paul Quinn, 56, was ar­rested on Rich­mond Hill Street in Ac­cring­ton on April 24 this year for pos­sess­ing a kitchen knife.

He pleaded guilty at Burn­ley Crown Court to hav­ing an ar­ti­cle with a blade or point - his third knife con­vic­tion in five years. The court heard how Quinn will now be fac­ing a manda­tory min­i­mum six­month jail sen­tence.

Judge Bev­er­ley Lunt told the court: “He’s got a dread­ful record in­clud­ing four knives and one of­fen­sive weapon all on one oc­ca­sion.”

Alexan­der Rostron, de­fend­ing, re­sponded: “On that oc­ca­sion [Quinn] was found mov­ing all his be­long­ings in his car in­clud­ing five knives. He was charged for that.

“He was pre­vi­ously made sub­ject to a hos­pi­tal or­der but he was re­leased after six weeks and they de­cided he was fine, fit and well.”

The Ob­server re­ported in 2012 how Quinn pleaded guilty to car­ry­ing a wooden han­dled lock knife, a large black han­dled ma­chete, a black han­dled ser­rated hunters knife, a black han­dled knife with a ser­rated blade and a black han­dled hunters knife on Chapel Street in Oswaldtwistle.

Keen hunter and camper Quinn, for­merly of Foun­tain Street and Lydia Street in Ac­cring­ton, claimed his ‘Ray Mears style ex­is­tence’ gave him a rea­son­able ex­cuse to carry a range of knives in a pub­lic place.

In July 2014, Quinn, now of Canal Street, Church, was de­tained un­der the Men­tal Health Act after hold­ing a knife to a man’s throat dur­ing an in­ci­dent in Ac­cring­ton.

The Ob­server re­ported how Quinn left small cuts on the vic­tim’s throat be­fore re­treat­ing into his house and throw­ing ob­jects at po­lice, in­clud­ing a mir­ror, be­fore climb­ing onto a win­dow ledge.

The court was told that Quinn was suf­fer­ing from a ‘delu­sional or­der’ and he was given a hos­pi­tal or­der.

Judge Bev­er­ley Lunt told Quinn at the court hear­ing this week that he was likely to be jailed.

She said: “I will ad­journ this case for a pre-sen­tence re­port.

“You know the law. It’s likely that it’s got to be a prison sen­tence, but that de­ci­sion won’t be made un­til ev­ery­thing is known about you.”

Quinn will be sen­tenced at Burn­ley Crown Court on Novem­ber 24 and was granted bail un­til the hear­ing.

Ac­cring­ton Academy Sixth Form stu­dents pro­vide care pack­ages to Maundy Re­lief. From the left are: Phoebe Kirk­bright, Sadiya Man­sha, Phoebe McCaf­frey, Har­leigh Mid­dle­ton, Ethan Walker, Amy Gar­gan, El­lie Gor­don and Katie White­head.

An­thony Quinn is fac­ing jail

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