Knife-carrying teen jailed after breach of suspended sentence

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A TEENAGER has been jailed after being found with a craft knife in South Shields.

Lee Flynn was searched by police investigating another matter on Beach Road, when they recovered the knife in his pocket on January 15.

The 18-year-old was previously sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, by Newcastle Crown Court on November 4, for assault.

Flynn, of no fixed abode, was also given a conditional discharge after being found with a CS canister on November 12, last year.

Kevin Wardlaw, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was searched and the police recovered from him a knife.

“He was arrested, interviewed and declined to make a comment. The defendant was transferred to this court in breach of a Crown Court suspended sentence.”

Graeme Cook, defending, said: “For a period of time he was sofa-hopping.

“He had resumed his relationship with his mother just before Christmas, and she allowed him back in her home, where she lives with her partner - his step-dad.

“He had the knife in his possession as he was fearful of other people.

“He is clearly someone who has some problems, and they are slowly being addressed. He is someone who does have genuine medical problems.”

Flynn pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article. He also admitted breaching both a suspended sentence for assault and a conditional discharge.

Judge Roger Thorn, QC, told Flynn: “When you carry around with you a Stanley knife you run the risk of being uncovered and sent to prison.

“You must serve the sentence which you were very lucky to have suspended in November.”

Judge Thorn, gave Flynn credit for his early plea and sentenced him to seven months in prison.

Flynn was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100.


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