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20/09/2021

Derry man receives 80 hours community service after being caught with kitchen knife down his sock

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A 22-year-old Derry man caught with a knife in the city centre has been told if he had been in London he would have gone straight to prison. Curtis Lee Moore, of Strand Foyer in Derry, admitted possessing the knife on August 25. The court heard that police were in attendance at an incident at 3.10am when they were approached by a member of the public who told them about a man waving a knife about. The member of the public described the man and Moore was located a short distance away. The defendant was searched, and a kitchen knife was found down his sock. Moore admitted having the knife but denied waving it about. He told police he had the knife because he feared for his safety, but said he would not have used it. Defence barrister Fergal McCormack said Moore accepts there would be ‘serious consequences’. He said Moore had been threatened and had decided to carry the knife, but had no intention of using it. District Judge Barney McElholm said that there were two issues, firstly if he was in London, it would have meant immediate imprisonment. He added that secondly, even if Moore had no intention of using the knife, if he had found himself in a difficult situation with two or three people attacking him he may have used it. Judge McElholm told Moore if he was caught with a knife again he was going to prison. He sentenced the defendant to 12 months probation and 80 hours community service

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