Man caught with knives
A SOUTHPORT man caught with three weapons told police: “They’re not knives, they’re only steak knives.”
Simon Trewhitt, 28, of West Street, took three knives from his kitchen after being beaten up in his own home by three men, Sefton Magistrates Court heard.
Prosecuting, Lynn Clark said that Trewhitt had been drinking in town on August 9 and invited the men back to his home.
But the men later attacked him and fled, he claimed, and he grabbed the knives from the kitchen before trying to find them.
Trewhitt’s partner and his 17-year-old stepson tried to dissuade him from looking for them but he continued anyway and his partner called 999.
He was seen on CCTV carrying the knives and when located by police officers, he put them down on the ground and said, “they’re not knives, they’re only steak knives”.
He pleaded guilty to three charges of possession of a knife and a further charge of criminal damage, which related to him spitting inside a police van.
Defending, Grahame Halliwell said Trewhitt, who generally works in catering but is currently unemployed, had suffered a “significantly swollen” face, bruising around his eyes and nose, and grazes and marks on his wrist.
He also pointed out the incident was not planned or prolonged, that the knives did not leave his pocket, and that he had no previous relevant convictions.
Mr Dainty, chair of the magistrates, told Trewhitt he was “extremely lucky” he did not find the men or matters would be much more serious.
He gave Trewhitt a suspended sentence of four months and ordered him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.