A MAN who was seen in the street waving a stick with nails in it has been warned he may go to prison.
Jordan Brown was arrested by a passing police patrol in Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery, as he wielded the stick in a chopping motion, Durham Crown Court heard.
Brown claimed he had just found the stick and was putting it to the side of the road out of harm’s way.
A jury heard he later changed the story to say he had been involved in a dispute earlier that day, and was carrying the stick because he feared attack.
Brown, 22, of Garden Place, Penshaw, denied affray on October 27, last year but was convicted of the offence yesterday after a two-day trial.
Paul Cross, defending, said: “The court would be assisted by a probation report before sentence for this matter to see how he has been doing since his last conviction, which was his first.”
Judge Robert Adams ordered the report and said: “You may have bail in the meantime, but there are no promises. All options, including custody, remain open.
Judge Adams bailed Brown to be dealt with on a date to be fixed in the week commencing April 14.