A MAN hid a knife down his trousers after he was stopped by police.
Derek Rutter tucked the kitchen knife between his underwear and jeans, but it slid down his leg and was spotted by an officer.
The 39-year-old, from Sunderland, claimed a friend passed him the blade minutes before police stopped him just after midnight on November 4.
Rutter was arrested and pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Janice Bellamy, prosecuting, said: “The incident occurred at 12.05am on November 4.
“Pc Hunter was driving along Durham Road and saw two males apparently trying to hide.
“This defendant appeared nervous and was standing behind a small tree and seemed to be fidgeting with something.
“The police officer climbed over some railings and the defendant was searched.
“The defendant was asked to take a step back.
“He appeared nervous and seemed to kick something out of the way.”
The court heard that the officer found an 18.5cm kitchen knife on the ground.
Mrs Bellamy told the court that Rutter had been cautioned for the same offence in July.
Peter Thubron, defending, said Rutter was walking into the city centre with the man when he asked him to look after the knife.
He said: “It seems the friend was slightly more aware of what was going on than my client – he noticed the police vehicle and said ‘hang on to that, please’.
“He did not set off that evening with the knife.
“He did not have it on him for any period at all, in fact he was duped into having it.”
Magistrates adjourned sentencing until December 23 for the probation service to prepare a report about him.
Rutter, of Tatham Street, Hendon, was released on bail on the condition that he stays indoors between 11pm and 7am.