Man caught with knife said it was ‘for his own protection’

A MAN discovered with a knife in public has claimed he was carrying it for his own protection, Boston magistrates heard last week.

Brett Collier told police he had been attacked just days before he was found in Wide Bargate with the lock knife, and he thought that carrying the weapon might stop him being attacked again, the defence said.

The 37-year-old pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article when he appeared at court on Wednesday.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, told magistrates that a member of the public had reported that the man had a knife, and police found it in his jacket pocket when they searched him on May 9.

Mr Clare added: “He said he carried it for his own protection. It’s not the case that the knife was brandished at all. Just that it was found on searching.”

Forfeiture and destruction of the knife was sought by the prosecution.

In mitigation, John Storer said Collier, of Spilsby Road, Boston, had been ‘quite badly beaten up’ by three men he believed to be migrant workers three days before he was arrested.

He told the court: “It was simply fear from them. He had no intention of using it, but thought it might deter further attack in future.”

Magistrates slapped Collier with a £100 fine and ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.