Jail for man caught carrying hunting knife down his trousers

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A man admitted carrying a hunting knife in the city after police failed to find it in a street search.

Kylelon Francis, 20, had the weapon hidden down his trousers and was given 18 weeks custody - after a court heard that it was the third time he broke knife crime laws.

The incident began when police were called to a disturbance on a bus on Mansfield Road on September 27, Nottingham magistrates heard.

"Officers conducted a stop search of Mr Francis and he was compliant. A small bag of cannabis was found which was entirely consistent with personal use," said Lee Shepherd, prosecuting.

Kylelon Francis

Kylelon Francis

He was arrested and taken to the Bridewell Police Station. He then said to an officer: "Keep it real," before telling them about the 30-centimetre knife, which had not been spotted.

Mr Shepherd said: "It was a large, hunting style knife down the right side of his trousers. It has one serrated edge and one straight edge.

"It was not brandished in any way and was not in dangerous circumstances."

When questioned, Francis told officers he found it on the ground in a car park. He believed that nobody owned it and had planned to sell the knife.

Mr Shepherd said: "That is probably a little bit fanciful when you consider his previous record of offending. He has previous convictions for possession of a bladed article.

Mr Shepherd said that new legislation states that an immediate period of custody should now follow.

Finn Butler, mitigating, said Francis promptly told officers that he had found the weapon.

Nottingham Magistrates' Court

Nottingham Magistrates' Court

"I don't think the explanation can be regarded as fanciful. The fact is that he said straight away that he found it.

"He didn't have to tell police he had a knife with him," said Mr Butler.

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Francis was already on a suspended sentence and was making good progress with the help of probation officers and is "contrite," said Mr Butler.

On the night of the offence, Francis was with friends who were "chased by a group from St Ann's to the back of a pub near the Victoria Centre."

Mr Butler outlined teenage problems faced by Francis of Mansfield Road, Woodthorpe who admitted having a hunting knife on September 27; damaging a security camera in a youth centre on June 4; having cannabis.

"He has been engaged in an inappropriate lifestyle. He had been kicked out by his family and since he was 16, in his words, he has been 'living on the streets.' He has been trying to get by in any way he could," added Mr Butler.

A probation report said that Francis is "making progress," had settled accommodation and is to start college courses.

Presiding magistrate Carole Moulds told Francis: "We have no alternative but to sentence you to imprisonment. This is your third knife offence and this was committed whilst on a suspended sentence."