Men jailed for frightening teenage boys with knife

Men jailed for frightening teenage boys with knife

by Danielle Thompson (October 2020)

Two men armed with a knife, who frightened two teenage boys in Southport, have both been jailed.

A judge told Paul Grimes and Mark Ashmore on Monday, October 12, “Carrying and producing a knife in the street during a confrontation is extremely serious and dangerous.”

“It was a stupid thing to do,” said Judge Louise Brandon. 

She told 35-year-old Ashmore, a barman, “It was not appropriate to carry it and produce it in front of young people and then hand it onto anther man you had just met.”

She said that in a pre-sentence report he admitted having taken out the knife he was carrying and waving it at the boys.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that two teenage lads had left the care home where they reside to go to the shops on the evening of April 13 this year.

As they walked along Lord Street they saw Ashmore who was staring at them and he asked if they had a problem, said Louise McCloskey, prosecuting.

“The male pulled down his trousers and slapped his buttocks towards the two you men who found this act disgusting and unnecessary.”

They went into a shop and when they came out they again saw Ashmore. He told them to go round the corner and when they did they saw Grimes standing there holding a knife. They ran off and called the police.

Officers arrived and confronted Grimes who was still in possession of the knife which he said another man had given him.

Ashmore had run off but was detained nearby and he claimed he had been with a homeless man who had given him a camping knife, said Miss McCloskey.

The court heard that 33-year-old Grimes, of no fixed address, has 20 previous convictions including possessing a knife and possessing an offensive weapon.

Ashmore, of The Promenade, Southport, has three previous convictions.

Both men pleaded guilty to possessing a knife in a public place and Grimes was jailed for 12 months and Ashmore for nine months.

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