A KINGSHURST man found in possession of a blade has claimed he was using it for DIY.
Ashley Young was stopped by police in Marston Drive in the early hours of April 8, where he admitted to having a five-inch kitchen knife in his bag.
John Bartlett, prosecuting, said the 25-year-old had told officers he had been using it “for a DIY purpose.”
Phillip Haycock, defending, said that shortly before leaving his flat, Young had been using the knife to hang a cover over a doorway.
“He had been using the old knife as a tool. The end had been squared off. He uses the end as a screwdriver and the handle as a hammer.
“The bottom line is that the defendant had the knife on his person. The only reason the police stopped the two young men was because they were walking along Marston Drive at 2am.
“They were not being loud or causing mischief. There wasn’t any brandishing. It was in a holdall. He told the police he had the knife when he was stopped.”
Young, of Wingfield House, Kingshurst Way, pleaded guilty to possessing a knife in a public place at Solihull Magistrates Court. The case was adjourned to May 3 for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.