Drunk man had knife in Plymouth street, court hears
A MAN who carried a large kitchen knife in the street while drunk has avoided an immediate jail term.
Daniel Collins, 30, was seen "walking aggressively" with the weapon by a policeman, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
But he did not threaten the officer and dropped the knife when challenged.
Collins, living at the Salvation Army Hostel in Devonport, had earlier admitted possession of a knife in public on October 13 last year.
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Judge Paul Darlow gave him a 10-month prison sentence suspended for two years under the supervision of probation officers.
He added: "Anyone who carries a knife into a dangerous situation, particularly in drink, invites a prison sentence."
Alistair Verheijen, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police officers had attended an incident in Devonport at about 1.30am on that day.
He added officers were then called to a report of a man carrying a knife nearby.
Mr Verheijen said a constable spotted Collins with a large kitchen knife with a serrated edge near the Granby Street flats.
He added the officer said he was "walking aggressively".
Mr Verheijen said that Collins appeared to try and hide the knife when challenged, but then surrendered the weapon when the officer drew his Taser.
Jason Beal, for Collins, said he was so drunk he could not remember what he was doing with the knife.
He added he had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and was being supported by the Salvation Army.
Judge Darlow warned him that if he committed another offence within the two years "his feet would not touch the ground."