Man entered health centre with knife hidden in trousers before sleeping on toilet

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 March 2018

North Somerset Courthouse.

North Somerset Courthouse.

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A man who entered a health centre with a knife has been spared jail.

Jay Green, aged 21, appeared for sentencing at North Somerset Courthouse on February 21 where he pleaded guilty to being in possession of a bladed article and possession of cannabis.

The court was told Green, of Milburn Road, locked himself out of his father’s house in St Andrews Parade in the early hours of January 31.

Green entered the For All Healthy Living Centre in Lonsdale Avenue to use the toilet with a knife tucked down his trousers.

Lucy Coleman, prosecuting, said: “Concerned for Mr Green’s safety, a member of staff entered the toilet and called out to the man but he had fallen asleep on the toilet.

“They looked through his bag trying to find identification when they came across the cannabis and the police were called.

“Officers knocked on the door but there was no response. They looked over the top of the toilet block but the defendant did not move and spotted the knife on the ledge next to him.”

Ms Coleman told magistrates Green woke up and exited the toilet where he was detained by police officers after he was asked to hand over the seven-inch silver kitchen knife.

In his statement to police, Green said: “If you did your job properly, I would not need to carry it.

“If someone held a knife at me, I would hold one at them.

“If I felt my life was threatened I would use it. I think anyone would.”

The court was told Green had a couple of alcoholic drinks and had not slept when he left his father’s house without keys.

Sue Cameron, defending Green, said he had never intended to use the knife, saying it was simply for ‘self-defence’.

She said: “Mr Green has been subject to threats from people who believe him to be a ‘grass’.

“There have not only been threats to his own life but his mum has been threatened with her house being fire bombed.

“The knife is for general security and he had it with him for those reasons.”

Green was handed a six-month suspended sentence for 12 months and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. He must complete a 20-day rehabilitation requirement and pay £200 in costs.

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