Man caught with knives

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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.

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