Suspended sentence for King's Lynn man's second knife possession offence
A Lynn man has avoided an immediate prison term for his second offence of having a knife in a public place.
It was successfully argued that Leon Paul Dowd, 38, was making good progress under supervision from probation officers after a previous unrelated spell in custody.
And town magistrates accepted that the butter knife with a 3in blade was at the lower end of being dangerous.
Dowd pleaded guilty to the September 17 offence.
Prosecutor Denise Holland told Thursday's hearing that police had been called to a disturbance in Windsor Road involving five or six people.
"A member of the public assisted police. He told them where a knife had been thrown and pointed out Mr Dowd," added Mrs Holland.
"The difficulty that Mr Dowd finds himself in today is that in March 2016 he was convicted for having a bladed article.
"Because it's his second offence a minimum sentence of six months' imprisonment has to be considered."
Solicitor Hugh Cauthery said in mitigation: "The item was simply a butter knife. It's not one in the forefront of being an offensive weapon or bladed article.
"It's something he was using while preparing a meal.
"He became aware of an argument going on outside. He had forgotten he had got it."
Mr Cauthery added: "There's no suggestion he threatened to use it or intended to use it."
Dowd was given 16 weeks' custody, suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to pay £128 victim surcharge.