Offensive Weapons Cases
Regina .v. Taylor
St. Albans Crown Court
The Defendant was charged that without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, had with him in a public place, an offensive weapon, namely a multi tool unit, contrary to section 139(1) Criminal Justice Act 2003.
Any person who has an article to which this section applies with him in a public place shall be guilty of an offence. This section applies to a folding pocket knife if the cutting edge of its blade exceeds 3 inches.On conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 4 years, or afine or both.The matter proceeded to trial.
LEGAL SUBMISSIONS at trial.
That a multi tool does not apply to a folding knife under 3 inches, and a matter of law if the multi tool falls within the definition of a folding knife or something different, and that there was no legal authority for a blade under 3 inches.The Learned Judge held that a knife has to be with a 3 inch blade, and the prosecution thereupon offered no evidence in trial.
NOT GUILTY, PRIVATE COSTS OF THE DEFENCE ordered to be taxed from Central Funds.
REGINA .v. AHMAD
KINGSTON UPON THAMES MAGISTRATES COURT
Penman Sedgwick were instructed to defend a Kingston Football Team player, after pleading guilty to possessing an illegal weapon. The weapon was purchased on e-bay in the USA, and imported into the UK. The weapon was an illegal stun gun.
Wel mitigated to the Court.
100 hours Community Service.
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