A clubber has been locked-up after being caught carrying a weapon for the second time in Newcastle city centre bars.
Lewis Grainger was found to have a knife hidden in his pocket while inside Pink Room, on Westgate Road, one night in February – just months after he was caught carrying a knuckle duster in next door Powerhouse.
During his latest offence, the 26-year-old was searched by a suspicious door supervisor at the club and a 6ins blade was discovered concealed in his trousers, a court heard.
The police were called and Grainger was arrested but it soon became apparent it was not his first offence of carrying a weapon.
Newcastle Crown Court was told that, in May last year, he had been found in possession of a knuckle duster and, as it was his second offence, he now faced a minimum of six months behind bars.
Emma Dowling, prosecuting, said: “A door supervisor was in the Pink Room on February 3 and saw this defendant, who he recognised and, as a result or suspicions about what he might be doing, he said he wanted to search him.
“He asked the defendant if he would consent to be searched, to which he did so.
“The defendant emptied his pockets on the pavement, as requested. As the door supervisor searched him more, he put his hands in the defendant’s front pockets and removed a black-handled kitchen knife, which was 4ins to 6ins in length. It was wrapped in blue kitchen roll.”
The police were called and Grainger, of Mowbray Street, Heaton, was arrested.
Ms Dowling told the court that Grainger was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, in May 2017 after he was found to be carrying a knuckle duster in Powerhouse.
The prosecutor added: “It’s the second occasion in which he has been found to be in possession of a weapon in the city centre at night while in licenced premises.”
Grainger pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a bladed article at an earlier hearing at South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court and was sent to Newcastle Crown Court for sentence.
Jailing him for a total of 15 months, Recorder Jo Kidd said: “This was in licenced premises in the early hours of the morning in the city centre.
“Possible consequences for members of the public had you produced that knife in terms of panic that would have arisen or potential injury cannot be underestimated.”
The court was told Grainger had put the knife in his pocket earlier in the evening when he had considered self-harming.
Jeff Taylor, mitigating, added: “He didn’t end up using it on himself. It’s important that it was wrapped in kitchen towel, so it was relatively safe when it comes to the doorman putting his hands in the defendant’s pockets.”
Source – Cronicle Live