Sunderland man fined £1,000 after police found him with knife

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A MAN has been fined more than £1,000 for possessing a knife he had forgotten was in his trouser pocket.

 Joseph Deacon, of Ormonde Street, Sunderland, had been out drinking with his dad, when an argument broke out between the pair.

 The 22-year-old was arrested and taken to a police station, where they searched him and discovered he was in possession of a small blade.

 A drunk Deacon had originally told officers it was to protect himself, but later revealed it was used for sharpening pencils and had been left in his pocket by accident.

 At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, Sue Hirst, prosecuting, said: “There had been an altercation between himself and his father.

 “When he was arrested and taken to the police station, he was searched and he was found in possession of a knife with a 5cm blade.

 “He later said he and his father had both bought knives to sharpen pencils and had forgotten it was in his trouser pocket.”

 Nigel Barnes, defending, told the court: “He left the knife in his pocket and that is how the problem arose.”

 Deacon pleaded guilty to having an article with a blade or point. He was fined £1,000 for possessing the knife. He was ordered to pay £250 court costs and a £15 surcharge.