Thursday, 27 January 2011

Have the police and the CPS nothing better to do?

Unless there is more to this story in The Mail than meets the eye then:
'A disabled caravanner who kept a penknife in his glove compartment to use on picnics has blasted the authorities after being dragged through court for possessing an offensive weapon.

Rodney Knowles, 61, walks with the aid of a stick and had used the Swiss Army knife to cut up fruit on picnics with his wife.

Knowles yesterday admitted possessing an offensive weapon at Torquay Magistrates Court. He was given a conditional discharge.

But speaking after the hearing, he said: 'It's a stupid law. Now I have a criminal record.''
Quite ridiculous. I carry a penknife in my work case, have done for years, I also carry several screwdrivers and occasionally more tools. Am I guilty of carrying offensive weapons? If so then so are dozens of men that I know.


Alex said...

How can it be offensive? It is Swiss for godsake.

You could probably do more damage with a large stick of Toblerone and a large lump of Gruyere.

Allison said...

Not just men either, I also carry a penknife, scissors, nail clippers and a screwdriver in my handbag

Grant said...

A screwdriver ? Let me resist making an Andy Gray joke !
But, the British police ceased to amaze me years ago. What a bunch of plonkers.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

The answer is yes, you are guilty, because it's a strict liability offence - you have the knife, you're guilty, end of. No defences, no excuses, no justifications.

Usual Nu Lab shite, in other words.

Anonymous said...

Possibly the police had other reasons for stopping him.....