Man found carrying credit card knife following King's Lynn street disturbance
Police who searched a man following a disturbance in Lynn’s busy night-time area found a credit card knife in his wallet.
But Kane Neve, 20, was dealt with leniently by magistrates who stepped back from their guidelines and did not impose a custodial sentence.
The bench at Lynn on Thursday accepted that it the knife was used for his work, it had not been brandished and Neve was of previous good character.
Instead he was told to do the maximum 300 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order.
Prosecutor Priscilla Afful-Mensah said police had been called to a disturbance outside Bar 100 in Norfolk Street and found Neve “very irate and aggressive”.
“Another member of the public tried to calm him down but he didn’t,” she added.
The court was told that Neve was urging officers to let him go so he could attack another man who had also been detained.
Neve, of Springvale, Gayton, was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a public place.
The folding credit card knife was then found during a search and he was further arrested for having a bladed article in public.
The defendant, who had no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to both offences.
Neve had been out with family and friends and there was an incident at the end of the night, said solicitor Charlotte Winchester in mitigation.
“His friend’s mum was assaulted. Police then arrested a person for the assault.
“Mr Neve then got involved with shouting and attracted the attention of police,” said Miss Winchester.
She added that the knife was used to open packaging at his workplace, he’d been at work that day and had forgotten it was in his wallet.
Neve was ordered to pay £95 victim surcharge. There was no separate penalty for the drunk and disorderly offence.