Med­i­ca­tion caused ex-solider to for­get he had knife on him

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX HIB­BERT

AFORMER sol­dier was caught with a knife af­ter med­i­ca­tion caused him to for­get he had it, a court was told.

Chris­tian James, of War­wick Close, Macclesfield, left the army af­ter be­ing shot and ex­pe­ri­ences post trau­matic stress dis­or­der and anx­i­ety.

James, who has also bat­tled heroin prob­lems, was stopped by po­lice when they spot­ted him cy­cling er­rat­i­cally through Macclesfield, a hear­ing was told.

And when the of­fi­cer caught up with the 42-year-old he dis­cov­ered he had a four and a half inch blade in his pocket.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, told a hear­ing on Wed­nes­day (April 15) at Macclesfield Mag­is­trates’ Court: “The of­fi­cer saw James on a moun­tain bike at the junc­tion of Park Lane and Ox­ford Road in Macclesfield.

“He saw that mo­torists were be­ing forced to stop sud­denly due to his er­ratic cy­cling.

“The of­fi­cer fol­lowed and stopped Mr James, at that point he had his bike up­side down and he was tin­ker­ing with it.

“He said to the of­fi­cer that there was a prob­lem with the bike’s brakes.

“A mem­ber of the public shouted to the PC that Mr James had hid­den some­thing in his jacket pocket.

“The de­fen­dant pro­duced the knife, it was a four and a half inch wooden han­dled steak knife.

“He was ar­rested for pos­sess­ing the knife. In in­ter­view he said he had been mak­ing a pizza at the house where he lived and taken it to his room.

“He said had put the knife in his pocket. Later on he de­cided to go to the bank. He is tak­ing med­i­ca­tion for PTSD and anx­i­ety and it causes him to be for­get­ful.

“He said he had no rea­son to have the knife in public.”

James pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing the knife blade in a public place at the hear­ing.

Lesley Her­man, de­fend­ing, said: “He was dis­charged from the army as he had been shot and so he has Post Trau­matic Stress Dis­or­der.

“He has had prob­lems with drugs and was com­mit­ting crimes in the past but that stopped in 2009. At that time he came into an in­her­i­tance when his par­ents died and went to detox and stopped us­ing heroin.

“This of­fence came when he started us­ing heroin again.

“He has now started a detox again. It’s clear there are is­sues.”

James is due to be sen­tenced at a later date.

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