‘I’M DEAD IF YOU TAKE IT’ – MAN CAUGHT WITH KNUCKLE DUSTER HANDED COMMUNITY ORDER

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.

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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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Qwerty King
Qwerty King
11 days ago

Sounds like a troubled young man who needs some help.

Yea yea
Yea yea
11 days ago

All I’m going to say is bird bird bird is word

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
11 days ago

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

and the lame excuses are rolled out again.

he has no intention of being back on prescription drugs, but probably lacks the willpower and desire, so will be back on them in no time. Intent is not a commitment, just a hollow set of words.

how long before this deadbeat injures or kills someone – twice arrested now, with weapons and still no jail time.
worthless, toothless sentencing.

Zog the merciless
Zog the merciless
Reply to  isle of wighter
10 days ago

Grow up.

Lock this guy up and he will come under the influence of real, hardened, criminals who would stab the likes of you in the face as soon as look at you. He will then come out owing them favours (basically for not making his time in prison absolute hell) and will be an even bigger blight on society.

I agree that our justice system is too soft on criminals, but I’m talking about real criminals for whom crime is a career and way of life, and don’t care who they hurt, or even kill, to further their careers.

Locking oiks like this guy up just turns them into that kind of person.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Zog the merciless
10 days ago

that is drivel zog – the guy needs to go to jail and that is that – we expect vermin to be incarcerated and if he manages to get out at some point, he either toes the line or goes straight back.

stop being such a lefty socialist do gooder making excuses for the filth – perhaps you give consideration to the victims first eh.

seeing as you do not know me, you have no idea whether or not I would easily deal with filth like him or not, so do not make assertions without evidence.

Last edited 10 days ago by isle of wighter
Cal Orific
Cal Orific
Reply to  isle of wighter
10 days ago

You worry about victims yet you want to see someone imprisoned, for a minor offence, where he will certainly learn to be a better criminal, creating more victims.

You are an idiot.

Zog the merciless
Zog the merciless
Reply to  isle of wighter
10 days ago

The “filth” may have a chance of rehabilitation if given a chance. Lock him up and he will certainly become a worse criminal creating more victims. The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world (6 in every 1000 US Americans are in jail, 5 times our rate), yet they have overall rates of crime similar to our and far worse rate of murder and violent crime (you are 5 times as likely to be murdered in the US). Norway has one of the lowest incarceration rates in the world (they jail fewer than half those we do), yet have a crime rate 25% lower than ours. It’s not a case of being a “lefty socialist do gooder” (you don’t know me, either). It’s about whether locking people up for relatively minor offences reduced crime and in particular, violent crime. It doesn’t and provably doesn’t and generally… Read more »

Simon
Simon
Reply to  isle of wighter
10 days ago

What exactly is a “lefty socialist do gooder ?” Are all left leaning people socialists and are right wing people that care also socialists…explain yourself, I’ve seen that you use this term more than once on these posts.

Zog the merciless
Zog the merciless
Reply to  Simon
10 days ago

He’s a typical far-right authoritarian. He can’t explain himself. He can only regurgitate the hate filled invective he sees and hears in his own echo chamber (Right wing social media groups, Daily Express, GB News, etc).

Anyone who doesn’t hold the same extreme views as him is a “liberal lefty woke socialist do-gooder” to him.

This is a bloke who criticises the RNLI for rescuing people because they are illegal migrants. He actually expects lifeboat volunteers to let them drown. This is the kind of individual we are dealing with.

He’d be happier if he moved to Putin’s Russia, and so would the rest of society.

Yea yea
Yea yea
Reply to  isle of wighter
10 days ago

Don’t u no about the word ????????? Bird bird bird is the word

Mark West
Mark West
10 days ago

Being back the coppers from the 70s

Zog the merciless
Zog the merciless
Reply to  Mark West
10 days ago

Considering a copper who was 30 in 1975 would be 77 today, what do you expect them to do, chase bad guys on their mobility scooters?

Oh, you mean a return to the Gene Hunt style of policing where roughing up suspects to get a confession is SOP?

Yeah, that’ll work.

 

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