Crown court to deal with knife man

AN Ipswich man who carried a knife for his friend has been sent to a higher court to be sentenced.

AN Ipswich man who carried a knife for his friend has been sent to a higher court to be sentenced.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' said being in possession of a large kitchen knife was a serious offence in the current climate and the offender should be dealt with at Ipswich Crown Court.

Liam Dawson, 21, pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article on July 5.

Andrea Reynolds, prosecuting, said Dawson of Shelley Street, had been on his way into Cost Cutters in Tacket Street with his friend “Denos” when he was asked to hold on to the knife until they left the store.

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Ms Reynolds said: “He put the knife down the front of his trousers.” She said Dawson was searched by police a short time later and the knife was found.

Dawson also pleaded guilty to burgling his mother's Fountain Road address.

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The court heard that he broke in through a window and helped himself to a bowl of cereal and a glass of water. A £60 jacket was also taken but Dawson denied that he took it.

Roger Stewart, mitigating, said his client had drug problems but had been receiving help and had obtained employment.

He said Dawson's friend had been assaulted 10 days earlier and was carrying the knife for protection.

Mr Stuart said: “His friend said 'could you hold this knife for me?' They went into the store then came out and Mr Dawson still had the knife on him when he was searched.

Magistrates committed the case to Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing due to its serious nature. An application for bail was refused and Dawson was remanded in custody until his Crown Court date is fixed by the higher court.

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