Man who tried to break up argument caught by police with cannabis and a knife

A MAN who tried to break up an argument between a couple was caught with cannabis and a knife, a court was told.

Gary Race Gosling, 23, of Tawney Street, Boston, who appeared at Boston Magistrates Court on Wednesday, was charged with possession of a class B drug and posession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

He admitted the charges.

Gosling was on his way home after buying the drug, worth £10 on Monday, August 6, when he saw a couple he knew having an argument outside the Stump and Candle pub in the town centre.

Defending, Sacha Waxman said he went over to intervene and was assaulted by the male of the couple.

When police arrived Gosling told them he had been trying to stop the female being assaulted. However, prosecutor Edward Johnson said staff indicated that Gosling had been involved and when an officer found he could smell cannabis on Gosling he told him he would be searched.

Mr Johnson said: “As the officer went to search him he went to remove something from his pocket. The officer grabbed him and found cannabis in his hand.”

Mrs Waxman said that Gosling admitted to having the cannabis.

The officer continued to search Gosling and found a keyring with a locking blade, which Gosling said was used only for work purposes.

In his defence, Mrs Waxman said that despite being held in the station for five hours without a solicitor Gosling had made a full and frank admission.

She said he had returned from a 10-hour shift on the Friday prior to the incident and had forgotten to remove the blade from his keyring.

She said Gosling had recently turned his life around and had not appeared in court since 2010 when he had had ‘a wake up call’.

She said he had got a full-time job through Workforce Ltd, and had his own home, adding the landlord had said Gosling was a ‘delight’.

She said Gosling spent his time very much alone, smoking cannabis and playing on his computer. She added he had recently got a girlfriend.

Magistrates fined Gosling £230 for the charge of possessing an offensive weapon and £100 for the charge of possessing cannabis. They also ordered him to pay £85 costs and £15 victims surcharge.

They ordered the destruction of both the cannabis and the knife.