Man arrested outside raid carried knife
A MAN arrested as police carried out a drug raid on a Birkby house had a knife on him, a court heard.
But Jeremiah Simpson claims that his possession of the blade was legitimate – as he’d used it to change a dressing on his finger.
Kirklees Magistrates’ Court was told that officers executed a search warrant at an address in Sufton Street on December 18 last year.
Prosecutor Nadine Clough explained that they believed that cannabis was being grown at the property and Simpson was sitting in a car outside.
She said that as the vehicle was linked to the property the 32-year-old was arrested and later searched.
A lock knife was discovered in Simpson’s pocket, the Huddersfield court was told.
But Simpson, of Aquamarine Drive in Fartown, pleaded not guilty to a charge of possession of a bladed article in a public place.
In his police interview Simpson said that he’d used it earlier that day to change a dressing on his finger.
His trial will be held on March 4 and he was granted unconditional bail.