Knife carrier jailed - Cheshunt

14/09/2012

A man who walked into a Cheshunt cafe and asked for a carrier bag that he could put a knife in was jailed for 40-weeks today, Friday, 14 September 2012.

Malcolm Dewey, 39, went into the cafe in Windmill Road for a bacon sandwich and asked for the bag for the 10-inch black knife, which he was carrying after receiving a threat from a man who said he was "going to do him".

The police were called and he swore at them when he was arrested, said Robert Colover prosecuting at St Albans Crown Court.

Dewey, from Tower Road, Ware, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon on 04 August this year. He was in breach of a 4-month suspended sentence imposed by North Herts Magistrates' on 21 October last year for having a bladed article and possession of a controlled drug. He had 31 previous convictions for 60 offences. Four related to knife possession.

Richard Storey, defending, said Mr Dewey had pleaded guilty on his first appearance at the magistrates' court on 17 August and had made full admissions to the police.

He said Dewey had taken the knife with him because his former partner had received a threat from a man who had said he was "going to do him."  He said he intended to cut himself with the knife in front of the man to convince him he was crazy.

Dewey had a heroin habit from the age of 17 until 2008. He has hepatitis C and severe problems with his arteries. Mr Storey said he suffers from Deep Vein Thrombosis and may face having to have his legs amputated.

Jailing him, Recorder Amanda Tipples QC said the offence was a "serious matter", but she was taking into consideration the fact that he was pleading guilty.

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