Mansfield man caught with blade outside “drugs den”

A Mansfield Woodhouse man was carrying a knife when he left a known “drugs den,” magistrates have heard.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 9:42 am

Jamie Bower was searched as he left the address, "associated with drug dealing in the past,” on Alder Grove, at 3.10pm, on April 16, prosecutor Sanjay Jerath said on Thursday.

A small knife and a small quantity of "white powder" were found on him.

Bower told officers he found the knife "a couple of days ago stuck into a tree,” and "didn't want any children to retrieve the knife," so he kept it in his wallet.

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He has been dependent on drugs for 20 years, but was now "stable" on a Methadone prescription, and “engaging well” with drug workers.

He said: "It was a silly mistake. It's something I’ve never done before."

The 47-year-old, of Worcester Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse, admitted possessing the blade.

He received a 20-week sentence, suspended for nine months, with ten rehabilitation days. He must pay a £128 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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