A MAN found with a knife on school premises appreciated how concerned other people would have been.
Ricky Richardson, 29, had two children of his own and would be horrified to hear of anyone else in school with a knife, a court heard yesterday.
It was his case that he had simply forgotten the knife was there after he had previously been decorating at home and it fell from his pocket at the school.
Police were called when two mums saw him with the knife.
Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold heard yesterday how police had been told that Richardson had allegedly threatened to stab a neighbour earlier.
But the court was told that the two things were not connected.
He had been decorating at home and had the knife and a tape measure in his trouser pocket.
It had not been brandished but had fallen from his pocket and he picked it up again, explained Huw Roberts, defending.
Richardson, of Bryn Garmon, Mold, admitted possessing the knife at Ysgol Bryn Gwalia in Mold, on the morning of March 7.
He was placed on a community order under which he must be electronically tagged for 12 weeks to ensure he remains indoors between 7pm and 7am each night.
Magistrates ordered him to pay £145 costs.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, said the headmaster contacted the police to say he had been approached by two parents who had seen the defendant in the school yard with a knife while they waited for the school breakfast club to open.
Police were also told a witness had said he was concerned that the defendant 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 had simply dropped from his pocket.
Richardson had forgotten it was there.
He had been wearing the same trousers the previous day when he had been decorating and a tape measure and the knife were still in the pockets.
The comment from a witness about a fear that 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 the single parent of two children and was also very much involved in the up-bringing of a third.