St Leonards man who had knuckle duster in public avoids jail sentence

A St Leonards man who had a knuckle duster was given a suspended jail sentence after a court heard it was his second offence of possessing an offensive weapon in public.

Court news. NNL-170524-154443005
Court news. NNL-170524-154443005

Mark Hunt, 50, of Stockleigh Road, St Leonards, indicated a plea of guilty to being in possession of an offensive weapon (a knuckle-duster) in a public place when he appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court on November 14.

The offence took place at St Leonards on October 14 last year.

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He was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison, suspended for one year. Magistrates said the reason for the sentence was the seriousness of the offence and that it was a second offence for possessing an offensive weapon. The court also made a community order.