Boxer Kevin Mitchell caught with knife
Boxer Kevin Mitchell has escaped jail after being caught with a butterfly knife in his silver BMW.
The 27-year-old lightweight was stopped by police carrying out checks in Ballard’s Road, Dagenham, just as he left the house on his way to a training session, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
He told police he had just realised there was a knife in the car and the weapon did not belong to him, and he had no idea how it got into the car, but was convicted after a trial.
The judge, Miss Recorder Grace Amakye let off the rising star with a short community sentence after hearing a heavier sentence could destroy the rising sports star’s career.
“You ought to have reversed back up to your home and left the knife in a secure place, rather than taking the risk of continuing on your journey, hopefully to get to your training session without recrimination from your trainer,” she said.
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“I cannot however, in passing sentence, disregard the incidence of possession of a knife of this nature and also the tragic consequences when people have such knives in their possession, albeit for reasons I have outlined, the prosecution accept it was never in your possession with an intention of having it to use it,” she said.
Mitchell, of Whitebarn Lane, Dagenham, was given a six-month community order, during which time he must complete 100 hours of unpaid work.
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He was also subject to a three month curfew between 9pm and 7am, and ordered to pay a �250 contribution towards the prosecution’s costs at a rate of �50 per month.