Wrexham man jailed after police caught him with cleaver

Published date: 25 March 2014 |
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A MAN has been jailed for possessing a meat cleaver late at night.

Richard Baldini also bit a police officer on the hand during arrest.

Baldini, 24, of Maes Hyfryd, Wrexham, received a total of six weeks in custody.

Flintshire Magistrates Court heard how at the weekend police saw him running and jump over a hedge.

They saw him discard something and recovered a meat cleaver.

Police found him crouched down, hiding from officers and he struggled on arrest.

Baldini was handcuffed and restrained, but bit one officer on the hand, leaving a mark.

Baldini’s behaviour was such that he was sprayed with incapacitant, prosecutor Matthew Ellis said.

When arrested he tried to headbutt an officer and kick out at them – but both missed.

Later interviewed, he said that he thought vigilantes were after him because he was “on gear”.

Damian Sabino, defending, said that his client had been to visit a friend and was going to see another to get some cigarette papers.

He had been asked to return the meat cleaver with others to the second friend and agreed to do so.

“There was nothing untoward in him taking the cleaver with him,” Mr Sabino claimed.

“It was something that would be used in the kitchen.

“There is no evidence that it was, or intended to be used, in an incident where anyone would be threatened.”

Magistrates said it was a particularly dangerous weapon and that a jail sentence was called for.

Baldini had been taking heroin since the age of 15, but that he was now clean of drugs, the court heard.

He admitted assault on police and possessing a blade in public.

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