||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 68 (Feb)
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Scott Baker LJ, Sachs J and Judge Fawcus
||Sally Hobson (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||Mark Halsey (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
||6 February 2003
Criminal law - Defence - Statutory defence - Having an article with a blade or point in a public place - Good reason or lawful authority - Availability of defence - s 139.
The defendant's conviction for an offence of having possession of a bladed article in a public place was safe because the judge had not erred in effectively withdrawing the issue from the jury where there was plainly no evidence of a good reason for having the article.
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