A FISHERMAN from South Tyneside landed himself in court when he showed off his new knife to takeaway staff.
Andrew Foster had used the tool, which has as four-inch blade, during a fishing expedition on February 13 and kept it in his waistband when he took the rest of his gear home.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 30-year-old produced the knife when he turned up at Cha Cha’s takeaway at Dean Road, South Shields, drunk, later that night.
Jolyon Perks, prosecuting, told the court: “He had been using it, he will say in mitigation, for fishing some hours earlier.
“He had taken his fishing equipment back home and decided in his drunken state to take the knife in and produced it to show various members of staff.”
Foster, of Dean Road, pleaded guilty to having a bladed article in a public place.
A charge of affray he originally faced has been dropped.
Judge Simon Hickey sentenced Foster, who has previous convictions, to a conditional discharge for a year. The judge told him: “Notwithstanding the unusual circumstances of this offence, people are very concerned about knives. It only taken a moment before somebody uses them and causes huge damage or even death.”
Glen Gatland, defending, said Foster, who has mental health difficulties, had been “hugging” the staff inside the shop, who knew him as a regular, and they were not under any threat.
Mr Gatland said: “He had been fishing. He produced the knife to show them, he put it on the counter.
“Although he was a pest, they obviously did not feel threatened by him at all.”