Fareham knife holder avoids jail

Article based upon Daily Echo link – Written by Crime / Court Reporter Tom Orde

A MAN has narrowly avoided jail after getting caught with a lock knife, citing ill health as the reason behind the offence carried out on July 6.

Simon Peter MacLellan was stopped with a blade in Sharlands Road, Fareham and arrested by police officers at the scene.  The 39-year-old. of Redlands Lane, also within the Fareham borough, was charged with carrying a bladed article in a public place.

Appearing before Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court, he pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced to two months imprisonment by the judge.

However, according to court documents, the sentence was suspended for six-months due to the defendant’s ill health.

MacLellan has been ordered to pay a £128 victim surcharge.