A MAN has been jailed for 10 months after he was prosecuted for the fifth time for possessing a knife.
Leeds Crown Court heard yesterday the offence came to light after Aaron Bailey was seen with another man in Flint Street, Fartown, who was wanted by the police.
While officers chased that man Bailey was seen to go down a ginnel and drop something. When the scene was examined a knife was found.
Heather Weir, prosecuting, said at first Bailey claimed in interview he had spotted it in the street, picked it up and then discarded it but when he was then shown CCTV he made no comment.
The court was told Bailey had three previous convictions as an adult and one as a juvenile for similar offending.
Mark Brookes, representing Bailey, said he was a single man who had lived in Huddersfield the majority of his life and realised his previous convictions meant the offence crossed the custody threshold.
He had panicked when police began chasing his friend and thought they would check him so decided to dispose of the knife.
Bailey, 27 of Shearings Cross Gardens, Fartown, admitted possessing an article with a blade or point on August 5.
Jailing him Judge Christopher Batty said: “I don’t know why it is you feel the need to arm yourself with a knife.”
He said Bailey was not a violent man but added: “You keep carrying knives around and people who do that have to go to custody“.