A spot of DIY before a job interview was the reason given for a man to be caught with a ‘Stanley-type’ knife in his pocket later that day.
Ricky Glen Aylesbury, 25, of Union Street, Boston, pleaded guilty to possessing the knife when he appeared at the town’s magistrates’ court on Wednesday.
Prosecutor Jim Clare told magistrates that Aylesbury was found wandering along the train track on April 10 after a concerned witness approached an officer.
He said when the officer found the defendant he described him as drunk and said he told him he was going to be searched, at which point he revealed he had the ‘Stanley-type’ knife in his jacket breast pocket.
In defence, Carrie Simpson said Aylesbury had been to a job interview and prior to going had been doing DIY at his flat.
She pointed to a statement from his mother, who confirmed she had picked him up from his flat that morning ‘where he had been doing painting and decorating’.
Mrs Simpson said his mother had then gone to Tesco while he was in his interview.
After finishing he had waited in a local pub but later left after unsuccessful attempts to contact his mother.
She said: “It wasn’t as such he had gone out knowing he had it in his pocket. He’s been out of trouble for some time and wished to stay that way.
“It’s my submission that this was a genuine error.”
She added: “The item was concealed and wasn’t used in any threatening manner.”
Magistrates dealt with Aylesbury by way of a community order – to complete 50 hours’ unpaid work – and ordered forfeiture and destruction of the knife. They told him to pay a £60 victim surcharge.