Man hid meat cleaver down his trousers to threaten teenager

A MAN who was found with a meat cleaver down his trousers had been carrying it with the intention of threatening a 16-year-old boy, Boston magistrates were told.

Christopher Skipworth was seen on CCTV walking along Main Ridge West carrying the knife in his hand, but he had put it down the back of his trousers by the time he reached Pump Square.

Police stopped him on Dolphin Lane, but had to grab him and hold him down after he ignored requests to stop when officers threatened him with a Taser.

The 25-year-old, of Main Ridge East, admitted being in possession of a bladed article in a public place on August 18.

In police interview, Skipworth said he had been drinking in the Great Northern and had been on his way out of the town when he bumped into a 16-year-old boy who he knew, who started to verbally abuse him, prosecutor Marie Stace said.

He left, but then decided to return to find the boy with the meat cleaver, as he wanted to threaten the boy.

Ms Stace said: “He said he didn’t intend to attack him – just to scare him.”

No mitigation was offered by the defence during the case, heard last Wednesday, in anticipation of magistrates requesting a probation report, but instead the bench decided to send Skipworth to the crown court for sentencing.