Man had knuckeduster in Mablethorpe

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A man, who took a knuckleduster ‘momentarily’ from a friend, has been ordered to carry out unpaid work by Skegness Magistrates Court.

Matthew Lawrence Richards, 34, of Quebec Road, Mablethorpe, admitted possessing an offensive weapon in High Street in Mablethorpe on December 22 and also admitted a charge of assaulting Jay Slyde, also in High Street, on November 11.

The court was told that cctv images at 4.28am showed Richards headbutting Mr Slyde during what appeared to be a confrontation between other people. He was also seen to throw a glass of beer at him.

In the second incident, at 4.35am on December 22, he was searched by police officers who found the knuckleduster on him, although cctv footage confirmed his statement that he had only just taken it from a friend.

The magistrates were told that Richards was also subject to a suspended prison sentence imposed in February 2011 on drug charges.

Defending, Saleem Khan said the assault was a single action resulting in no injury.

Mr Khan added that Richards only had ‘momentary possession’ of the knuckleduster, which he had taken from a friend to prevent him doing something stupid with it.

Richards was given an 18 month community order with supervision and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work for the community.

He was also ordered to attend an accredited course and to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £150 in court costs.