POLICE arrested a man sitting on a bench after they found he had committed an offence because he had a pocketful of sharp objects.
Odin Brazell was sitting on a bench on a grassed area in Wynyard Mews, Hartlepool, when a member of the public phoned police to say he had started “rolling around”.
Officers went to the street and searched the 33-year-old and found a number of sharp objects including some scissors, a dart, a piece of sharpened steel, a craft knife blade and a jigsaw blade in his pocket.
The was also a small amount of cannabis discovered as well, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court was told.
Prosecuting, Lynne Dalton said: “The defendant said he had gone to see his mother when he was searched and he admitted all the items were his but that he didn’t know what he was going to do with them.
“He said the cannabis was for his own personal use.”
Brazell, of Marlborough Street, off Oxford Road, in Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to possession of a knife, blade or sharp pointed article, and possession of cannabis, both on May 28, failing to surrender to the custody of the court on June 22, and failing to comply with the requirements of a community order.
Mitigating, Barry Gray said: “He had left his mother’s where he’d been to collect two bags of his washing, he’s lucky in that respect that his mum still does his washing, and he was carrying them along with his coat that contained the bits and bobs in it.
“He sat on a bench to listen to some music when somebody rang the police to say he was trying to hang himself and that he was seen to be rolling around.
“Now whether that’s something to do with the music he was listening to I don’t know but he wasn’t breaking the law.
“Police turned up and he told them he was ok and went to walk away and that’s when he was searched.”
He added: “None of the items were weapons or destined to be weapons, they had been in his pockets for one or two days.
“They are things he’s picked up along the way, that’s the type of life he leads.”
Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Neil Raine sentenced Brazell to 14-weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months and a 12-month community order with supervision.