Judge sends man home with knife convicted for carrying

A PLASTERER had his knife returned by a judge seconds after being convicted for carrying it in a public place.

A PLASTERER had his knife returned by a judge seconds after being convicted for carrying it in a public place.

Reece Wilkins, of Clifton Avenue, Wembley, was then told to go straight home with the blade but assured he would have a reasonable excuse should he be stopped by police again.

The 25-year-old was arrested on December 24, 2009, for carrying a Stanley knife which he said he used for work.

Mr Recorder May told the court Mr Wilkins had been warned by police not to carry the knife in his vehicle but continued to do so and was consequently arrested.

Carrying knives was a terribly serious matter, he said at Harrow Crown Court.

Mr Wilkins was found guilty of having an article with a blade which was sharply pointed in a public place on Thursday, September 9.

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He was fined �600, ordered to pay �600 in costs and a further �15 victim surcharge.