A ‘forager’ who carves wood as a hobby was given a conditional discharge after being caught carrying a lock knife.
Pensioner Paul Richard Tucker, of Launds Avenue, Selston, was taken to the police station following a domestic incident, where they found the knife in his pocket.
Admitting a charge of possessing a bladed article during a hearing at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, it was heard by the 65-year-old’s solicitor, Tom Oates, that carrying the knife was simply through forgetfulness.
Mr Oates said: “He enjoys the outdoors and is a forager. This is not a man walking around with a knife for his own protection, he carves things with it.
“He has it for a legitimate reason.”
A statement was also provided by the landlady of his local pub, who says he would often bring in bits of wood, dry them by the fire and then carve and design shapes using his knife.
The magistrates gave him a two-year conditional discharge, and made him pay £85 costs and a £15 surcharge.
Despite a request by the Crown Prosecution Service for the knife to be destroyed, the magistrates said it would be returned to him.