‘Knife was to open my tea’, court told

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A MAN caught by police in the street with a Stanley knife claimed he needed the blade to open a tin of hotdogs for his tea.

Steven McGarrigan, 37, of Nel Pan Lane, Leigh, pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon when he appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court.

Mike Ardern, prosecuting, said that police were called to an address in Leigh on May 8 on an unrelated matter. Officers discovered the knife in McGarrigan’s pocket when he was talking to them in the street.

Roger Allanson, in mitigation, said McGarrigan had gone to his friend’s house and was given a tin of hotdogs to eat.

As there was no tin opener, he used the knife and put it in his pocket,

Mr Allanson added; “The weapon was not used as a threat and there was no intent to commit or threaten to use violence,

McGarrigan, who has previous convictions, was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 40 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £60 victim surcharge, as well as to forfeit the weapon.