Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2003] All ER (D) 71 (Feb)
Court: Administrative Court

Pitchford J

Representation Alex Bailin (instructed by Oslers, Newmarket) for the appellant.
  Robert Sadd (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, Ipswich) for the prosecution.
Judgment Dates: 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).

The Case

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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