In the courts
A MAN from Coventry was brought before the court after being found with an unusual offensive weapon.
He was caught in a public place with an adapted wooden pencil.
Derek Clark was handed a six-week curfew after pleading guilty to a charge of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place Foleshill Road - on September 15.
The curfew will be monitored by an electronic tag from 7pm to 7am.
Clark, 52, of Princess Street, Foleshill, was also ordered to pay £200 court costs and £85 victim surcharge when he appeared at Coventry Magistrates’ Court.
It is unclear what adaptations Clark had made to the pencil to turn it into a weapon.
Other cases heard at Coventry Magistrates’ Court from November 23 to 27 included:
Sarah McDowall, 29, of Robin Hood Road, Willenhall, admitted stealing make-up and perfume worth £837 from Boots at Central Six, stealing Estee Lauder make-up worth £846 from Boots at Central Six, stealing food worth £107 from Asda at Whitley, failing to attend a drugs assessment, stealing goods worth £71 from Asda at Whitley and failing to answer bail. She was given a community order including a rehabilitation activity requirement and ordered to pay a total of £250 compensation and £100 court costs.
Jamie Purchase, 32, of Broad Street, Brinklow, admitted assault by beating. He was handed a four-month prison sentence suspended for a year as the offence was carried out on a person carrying out a public duty at A&E and ordered to pay £200 compensation, £135 court costs and a £115 victim surcharge.
Lisa Morgan, 34, of no fixed address, admitted attempting to steal Smirnoff Vodka worth £48 from Asda, wilfully obstructing a police officer in the execution of their duty and failing to provide a sample. She was sent to prison for 10 week due to “record of previous offending” and ordered to pay £135 court costs and a £115 victim surcharge.
Jahziah Thompson, 20, of Ventor Close, Wyken, admitted harassment by entering his victim’s home and leaving messages. He was sent to prison for 17 weeks as victim was “put in incredible fear”, handed a restraining order and ordered to pay £135 court costs and a £115 victim surcharge.
Jabar Salihy, 35, of Trentham Road, Hillfields, admitted supplying 1,669 packets of cigarettes which did not carry legal health warnings, possessing or controlling 20 pouches of hand rolling tobacco which bore a sign identical or likely to be mistaken for a registered trademark, supplying 370 packets of cigarettes which did not carry legal health warnings and possessing or controlling 290 packets of Richmond cigarettes which bore a sign identical or likely to be mistaken for a registered trademark. He was handed 120 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £908 court costs.