Woman spared jail over knife of­fence at club


Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By ROD MAL­COLM

A MOTHER wept as she was ex­cused jail af­ter be­ing caught with a knife while wait­ing to en­ter a night­club.

Tracey Robin­son, 50, claimed that the blade was handed to her by a man who snatched it back and ran when po­lice ar­rived.

At Not­ting­ham Mag­is­trates’ Court, she was told that an 18-month prison term was the start­ing point for knife of­fend­ers.

District judge Tim Spruce told her: “You have only got to turn on your TV or ra­dio to know how many peo­ple are be­ing stabbed.

“An ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tor is that you were in a queue to en­ter a night­club.

“Clearly peo­ple who drink in night clubs are vul­ner­a­ble when there are knives around.

“It is an in­cred­i­bly se­ri­ous of­fence.” He im­posed a 24-week prison sen­tence, sus­pended for 18 months, on Robin­son, of Heath­field Road, Not­ting­ham.

Af­ter hear­ing her pu­n­ish­ment, she said: “Thank you, thank you so much.”

The judge ac­cepted it was out of char­ac­ter and that she de­served credit for im­me­di­ately ad­mit­ting the of­fence. But he said that a re­peat would lead to cus­tody and added: “Leave the knives alone.”

San­jay Jerath, pros­e­cut­ing, said the of­fence took place at 2am while she was queue­ing for a night­club on Broadway in the Lace Mar­ket.

“A sil­ver ob­ject was con­cealed un­der her top.

“When chal­lenged about the knife, two males with her moved away from the queue.”

Ran Jo­hal, in mit­i­ga­tion, told the judge: “She doesn’t know the two males and can give no rea­son for her stupid de­ci­sion about the knife.

“When chal­lenged by se­cu­rity staff and told to leave the area, one of the males took the knife back from her.

“The male ran off and the knife was dis­posed of.”

Mr Jo­hal said Robin­son acted as carer for her el­derly par­ents and had a 25-year-old daugh­ter who was due to give birth in three weeks.

She pleaded guilty to hav­ing kitchen knife on De­cem­ber 15.

She must pay £115 gov­ern­ment tax and £85 pros­e­cu­tion costs. a

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