Carer who threatened man with 10-inch knife on Dorking A24 avoids jail

January 11, 2019
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A carer has been spared jail after “threatening” a man with a 10-inch knife on the A24 despite a previous conviction for possessing a blade.

Nicholas Charlton, 45, of Flint Hill in Dorking, pleaded guilty on December 18 to one count of threatening a person with a bladed article in a public place. He was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Friday (January 11).

Prosecution counsel Lee Harris told the court that the incident took place close to the 45-year-old’s home on June 5, 2018, following a disagreement that escalated close to the A24 at Dorking.

Judge Peter Moss handed Charlton a 30-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, as well as ordering a curfew and the payment of various costs.

It was heard that Charlton, who acts as a carer for his “house-bound” partner, had a long “history” of issues with the man he drew a knife on, which begun in January 2018.

 

His defence counsel Keith Goodhand said Charlton and his partner “lived in fear” of the man and that there had been nine other previous incidents which had resulted in calls to the police.

It was not made entirely clear in court as to why exactly the man had approached the home of Charlton.

Mr Goodhand added: “He should not have left his property with those knives. When the red mist came down, he snapped.”

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Quoting a witness statement from a woman who saw the incident, prosecutor Mr Harris described events.

He said: “She says that the old male [Mr Charlton] pushed the young male. He had his left hand behind his back. He had a knife in his left hand.

“Both males were shouting at each other, both pushing each other. The older male pulled the knife out and threatened the young male with it.

“He did not move towards the young male, it looked like he was looking to scare the young male and keep him away.”

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Mr Harris continued to say that the knife “was being waved from side to side” but that Charlton “was not pointing it at anyone”.

Throughout defence counsel mitigation, many issues were raised by judge Mr Moss towards counsel Mr Goodhand with regards to a lack of detail being provided about the case.

Mr Moss remarked: “I don’t know what it is that this background is all about – do you want to tell me or not?”

More verbal dialogue followed as Mr Goodhand attempted to explain – at one point Charlton himself was sat in the dock with his head in his hands.

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“I am afraid to say that I am struggling to comprehend it,” said Mr Moss towards the end of the mitigation.

Charlton narrowly avoided a jail term despite being eligible for the “two strike” policy as a result of a previous conviction for possession of a bladed article in 2006.

Mr Moss concluded that enough time had elapsed in the 12 years between convictions. In total, Charlton has 18 previous convictions for 38 offences, the majority of which are drug-related.

As part of his sentence, Charlton will be subject to a curfew for 30 nights between the hours of 9pm and 6am and will be ordered to pay costs of £500, as well as a £140 victim surcharge.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/man-threatened-knife-a24-sentenced-15664652


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