Teenager who flashed knife outside town leisure centre receives community order (From Bromsgrove Advertiser)
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Teenager who flashed knife outside town leisure centre receives community order
8:20am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
A TEENAGER who took a knife into a Bromsgrove leisure centre was at risk of finding himself in a lethal situation, a judge warned.
Conrad Griffin, 18, of no fixed abode, flashed the handle of the five-inch kitchen knife at Thomas Clutton and Corey Jones during a confrontation outside the Dolphin Centre on March 18, Worcester Crown Court heard.
The fight had been spotted by centre worker Adam Blake who called police when he heard someone shout: "Drop the blade, you don't need a blade".
Griffin, who pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to having a bladed item in a public place, was handed a 12-month community order with supervision, along with 125 hours of community service.
Judge Robert Juckes QC said despite Griffin's difficult and violent upbringing this was his first appearance before the courts - but warned him it could have ended badly.
"You had a knife with you to some extent because you were in fear," he said.
"But the problem of carrying a knife is that it so quickly turns what would otherwise have been an innocuous confrontation into a lethal confrontation.
"This is very serious, but in spite of you having had a great many difficulties in the course of your upbringing - which resulted in you leaving school early and having less parental support than you were entitled to - this is your first offence."
Fergus Maxwell, defending, said Griffin had been provoked and said he had not actually brandished the knife, but had merely shown the other men the handle, before retreating into the centre.
The court heard that Clutton and Jones both pleaded guilty to public order offences in April and were ordered to pay a £70 fine each, plus £20 victim surcharges and £50 costs each.
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