A man was caught carrying pepper spray ‘for his own protection’ after hearing of threats being made against him.
Ricardo Saleiro, 24, of Liquorpond Street, Boston, appeared before Boston Magistrates ‘Court on Wednesday pleading guilty to possession of cannabis and possessing the weapon.
Prosecutor Edward Johnson said Saleiro was spotted on Liquorpond Street by a police officer at 4.10am on Saturday, April 27.
He said the officer approached the defendant to speak to him and could smell cannabis.
He then searched the man and found the drug, bought for £10, in a cigarette packet. He also found the pepper spray in Saleiro’s waistband.
Mr Johnson said Saleiro had accepted everything when interviewed, although declined to elaborate where he had got the drugs from.
Mr Johnson said he had carried the pepper spray, which belonged to his partner, because he ‘heard third hand that a polish man was making threats towards him’.
Defending, Carrie Simson reiterated this story and said the spray was hidden and only found during the search.
She said: “He was carrying it for protection, he was telling me about it. He was threatened to have his head smashed in and teeth knocked out.”
She said the cannabis was a ‘very small amount’ and added Saleiro had reported the threats to police.
Magistrates gave Saleiro a community order for 12 months along with a drug rehabilitation requirement and 40 hours unpaid work. He was also asked to pay a victim surcharge of £60 and £40 costs.
Magistrates ordered the destruction of the drugs and the pepper spray.