A drunken knifeman caught on a train with a bayonet and a craft knife was put behind bars today (Monday, May 11).
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Daniel Gandy has committed 64 previous offences - five of them for possessing bladed articles or offensive weapons.
Judge Louise Brandon accepted that he had not produced or brandished the two items as he sat on a train at Southport but pointed out: “Carrying two bladed articles in public when drunk clearly crosses the custodial threshold.”
She sentenced the 24 year old to six months imprisonment - the automatic minimum - despite his barrister Martine Snowden arguing that it would be unjust to do so in all the circumstances including his mother’s poor health.
Judge Brandon told him that his mum has the support of Marie Curie and a medical team: “You committed this offence in the knowledge that your mother was unwell and that unfortunately did not deter your offending. I am satisfied there is no realistic prospect of rehabilitation.
“You are becoming a habitual carrier of weapons….You say your are sorry and ready to step away from criminal behaviour. Your frequent offending makes that difficult to believe.”
Gandy, of no fixed address, had pleaded guilty to two offences of possessing a bladed article and criminal damage.
Cheryl Mottram, prosecuting, said that police found Gandy on a train at Southport station about midnight on March 15 having been alerted by a member of the public who saw he had a knife.
He was taken to a police station and while in a cell, defecated on the floor.
Miss Snowden said that his grandfather had been in hospital suffering from the coronavirus but has now been released home. His mother is in ‘precarious’ health but is prepared to offer him a home.