||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 71 (Feb)
||Alex Bailin (instructed by Oslers, Newmarket) for the appellant.
||Robert Sadd (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, Ipswich) for the prosecution.
||6 February 2003
Criminal law - Offensive weapons - Having a blade in a public place - Lock-knife - Good reason - Relevance of forgetfulness - ss 139(1), 139(4).
In the context of the offence, contrary to s139(1) of the of having a bladed article in a public place, forgetfulness was not, applying settled principles, sufficient to prevent the state of possession from continuing. However, there might be circumstances in which forgetfulness could be relevant to the defence of 'good reason' in s139(4) of that Act.
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