Knife­man avoids jail for cheeky move

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AMAN caught with a knife hid­den be­tween his but­tocks has been spared jail.

Remi McDon­agh was stopped by po­lice for ‘act­ing sus­pi­ciously’ out­side a block of flats in Mac­cles­field, a court heard.

But as they went to search him of­fi­cers were stunned by the 29-year-old crook’s con­fes­sion: “I don’t have any drugs but I do have a knife be­tween my bum cheeks.”

Po­lice then ex­tracted the weapon, a black and brass han­dled fold­ing knife with a four inch blade.

At Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court on June 21, McDon­agh, of Os­coft Road, Cheetham Hill, Manch­ester, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of a knife in a pub­lic place.

Mag­is­trates sen­tenced him to six weeks in prison, sus­pended for 12 months.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said at 9.30am on May 27 po­lice were on pa­trol on Fence Avenue, Mac­cles­field, when they saw two men act­ing sus­pi­ciously and a known drug ad­dict walk­ing away from flats on Lime Grove.

She said: “The men ran and the po­lice were able to catch up with McDon­agh, who was ar­rested un­der the Mis­use of Drugs act.

“As of­fi­cers be­gan their search McDon­agh said to them: “I don’t have any drugs but I do have a knife be­tween my bum cheeks.

“They ex­tracted the weapon, a black and brass han­dled fold­ing knife with four inch blade.”

The court heard that McDon­agh had been be­fore the courts nine times for 17 of­fences, in­clud­ing a vi­o­lent as­sault for which he re­ceived a sus­pended prison sen­tence.

Lyn­d­sey Brown, de­fend­ing, said McDon­agh suf­fered from para­noid schizophre­nia.

She said: “The de­fen­dant was in a strange place. His ex­part­ner lived at the ad­dress.

“He was try­ing to rec­on­cile their re­la­tion­ship. Things didn’t go well, so his brother took him fish­ing. He then went back to the flat.

“He doesn’t know the sec­ond male who ran away.

“When he saw the po­lice he put his hand in his pock­ets and re­alised he had a knife.

“He then de­cided on the spur of the mo­ment to put it where you’ve heard al­ready.”

Sen­tenc­ing mag­is­trate Anthony Bo­s­tock said: “We con­sider the fact you were in pos­ses­sion of a knife a very se­ri­ous of­fence and we are also con­cerned by the way it was be­ing con­cealed.”

Af­ter McDon­agh’s ar­rest the in­ci­dent be­came a source of hu­mour when po­lice tweeted a pic­ture of the knife and used the hash­tag #theCHEEKofit.

●● The knife found by po­lice

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