A learner motorcyclist who suffered a broken collar bone in a crash has averted jail after police discovered a serrated knife beneath his seat.
Louis Murtagh, 20, was driving alongside Lillie Road, simply north of Fulham, when he crashed right into a central crossing on November 30 final yr.
Police and paramedics attended the incident, with officers discovering that the motorcycle had no insurance coverage. Despite being a learner, there have been additionally no “L” plates connected to the automobile.
While being handled in an ambulance, Murtagh defined that the plates had fallen off the motorcycle and, as a substitute, he had stored them in space for storing situated beneath his seat.
He bought his keys and led police to the automobile, the place he haphazardly additional incriminated himself when officers found a lock knife with serrated edges.
Murtagh appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday (May 17) to be sentenced for a single depend of possession of a bladed article, having pleaded responsible at an earlier date.
The court docket heard how Murtagh had stated he used the knife to chop items of velcro in order to stay the learner plates to his motorcycle.
However, Judge Mr Recorder Andrew Campbell-Tiech QC stated he “didn’t settle for the reason” and believed it was “carried for cover”.
The decide proceeded to spotlight the difficulty of knife crime in London and the “devastation” it continues to trigger for households throughout town.
He stated: “There is life after court docket and what I lengthy expertise has led me to conclude that what occurs if court docket doesn’t end result in a custodial sentence, it [what is said] might be forgotten inside minutes.
“I don’t settle for your rationalization for possession of a lock knife. I’ve extreme reservations that this lock knife could be carried for the explanations described.
“The major motive…many younger males [carry a knife] is for his or her safety. That is what the difficulty is in London, that you’re by some means safer if you happen to carry one thing like this.
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“In feeling safer, you could produce it. And in producing it, you could use it. Our prisons are full of individuals the place households are devastated as a consequence. People who carry knives danger damage to others and themselves and trigger devastation to households throughout this metropolis. It has bought to cease.”
Murtagh, of Bentworth Road, White City, West London, was sentenced to twenty-eight days in jail, suspended for 12 months. He should additionally pay £550 in prices.
Addressing the defendant straight, Recorded Campbell-Tiech requested Murtagh: “Am I going to see you once more?”
The defendant replied: “No, I’ve discovered my lesson now.”