A man who admitted he carried a knuckleduster for protection and that he was ‘dead’ if it was taken from him has been handed a 12-month community order.
Appearing at the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Tuesday, Keelan Hobbs, of Barton Road in Newport, was charged with possession of an offensive weapon (knuckleduster) – an offence he pleaded guilty to at an earlier hearing.
Ann Smout prosecuting, told the court that on 4th June Hobbs was seen at Howard House on Barton Road with a knuckleduster. A member of staff was then alerted.
When questioned by staff, Hobbs told them he had it to protect himself and that he had no protection if he got stabbed adding ‘I’m dead if you take it’.
In defence, Amy Hosell said that her client had been involved in an incident just a few days before the offence date – where he was run over and beaten – and that he was carrying the knuckle duster with him as a result of that altercation. She added that he had been given it a few months previous and had no intention of using it.
The 21-year-old has previously been convicted of possessing a bladed article, in November 2020, as well as breaching a restraining order in November 2021.
Previously diagnosed with depression, anxiety and ADHD, Miss Hosell said Hobbs had been taking prescription medication but was in a ‘more positive place now’ and that he had ‘no intention to go back on prescription drugs’.
Hobbs had his current community order revoked and resentenced with the new 12-month community order composed of 20 rehabilitation days and 300 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £95 surcharge fee.
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