Dad carried knife at primary school

Published date: 16 April 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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Police were called when two mothers saw a dad at a Mold school with a knife.

Flintshire Magistrates Court heard yesterday that police had been told Ricky Richardson had threatened to stab a neighbour.

But the Mold court was told that the two things were not connected – and that Richardson had forgotten he had the knife in his pocket when he was at the school.
He had been using it while decorating at home the day before and had forgotten it was still in there.

It had not been brandished but had fallen from his pocket and he picked it up again.
Richardson, 29, of Bryn Garmon, Mold, admitted possessing the knife at Ysgol Bryn Gwalia in the town on the morning of March 7.
Sentencing was adjourned.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, said the Ysgol Bryn Gwalia headmaster contacted the police to say he had been approached by two parents who had seen Richardson in the schoolyard with a knife while they waited for the school breakfast club to open.
Police were told a witness had said he was concerned that Richardson was going to stab a neighbour.

Mr Espie said he therefore presented the case as possessing a knife in dangerous circumstances.
Huw Roberts, defending, said it was not a case of dangerous circumstances.
The knife had not been brandished or held out but dropped from a pocket.
Richardson had forgotten it was there.

He had been decorating and a tape measure and the knife were still in the pockets.
The comment from a witness about a fear he would stab a neighbour was totally unconnected, he said.
There had been an issue between Richardson and a neighbour but that had nothing to do with his possession of the knife.
“The interpretation of the prosecution of dangerous circumstances stretches it beyond breaking point,” he said.

Richardson, he said, was a single parent of two children who was also involved in the upbringing of a third.
Magistrates asked for a report from the probation service and he was bailed pending sentence.

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