New Broughton man brandished knives in street


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MAN has received a suspended sentence after brandishing two kitchen knives in public.

Keith Rogers, 55, of Berse Road, New Broughton, was sentenced to 120 days in prison suspended for 12 months when he appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court.

District Judge Gwyn Jones told Rogers: “Possession of knives in public is taken extremely seriously by this court.”

At an earlier court appearance Rogers had admitted two charges of possessing the knives in a public place and a public order offence. The incident took place in the Victoria Road area of Brynteg on March 30.

Rogers had gone to a house believing his former partner, Sharon Hope, was staying there with one of her friends, Eirwen Price. Rogers became disruptive outside the house and the police were called.

Phillip Marshall-Thomas, defending, said the breakdown in the relationship between Rogers and Miss Hope had caused him great distress and as a result he drank more.

Mr Marshall-Thomas produced references for his client and said Rogers had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and had complied with his bail conditions.

“He was co-operative with the police and expressed his remorse for what had taken place,” said Mr Marshall-Thomas.

“In sobriety he realises his behaviour was totally unacceptable .

“He will never have anything more to do with Miss Hope and her friend. He deeply regrets what happened.”

Rogers was also ordered to be supervised by the probation service for 12 months and to undertake an alcohol treatment course and was told he must keep every appointment.

A five-year restraining order was made against Rogers prohibiting him from contacting Miss Hope and Miss Price.

Rogers was also told to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

An order for the forfeiture and destruction of the knives involved, described as being large with blades that exceeded seven inches, was also made.

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