A teenager who had a knife with an 8-inch blade in a Coventry park avoided being sent to prison.
Abubakar Lomadi, 19, was found in with the kitchen knife at Edgwick Park in Foleshill and pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a bladed article in a public place when he appeared at Coventry Magistrates’ Court.
The offence took place on on February 3.
Having heard the case, magistrates decided to give Lomadi, of Maycock Road, Foleshill, a 26-week prison sentence which they suspended for a year.
He was also told to pay £78 towards the court’s costs and a £122 victim surcharge.
Edgwick Park has been the subject of police dispersal powers over the past few weekends following “numerous incidents of anti-social behaviour and violence”.
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Among them was the shooting of an 18-year-old at the park, which saw him attend hospital with a gunshot wound which was not believed to be life-threatening.
Officers investigating the incident arrested a man and a woman, both aged 19, on suspicion of possession of cannabis with intent to supply before they were released pending further investigation.
The force then issued an appeal for dashcam footage and witnesses to get in touch while officers patrolled the area to provide reassurance to residents.
Other cases heard at Coventry Magistrates’ Court between August 8 and 15:
Dean Allton, 44, of Rugby Road, Leamington, admitted stealing beauty products and clothing worth a total of £374 from Marks & Spencer, stealing protein bars and vapour products worth a total of £180 from Sainsbury’s, two counts of stealing clothing worth a total of £210 from Superdry, stealing Kinder chocolate worth £100 from Creams cafe and attempting to steal meat worth £223 from Marks & Spencer.
He was sent to prison for 24 weeks due to his “record of previous offending” and ordered to pay a £128 victim surcharge.
Geren Diston-Pinder, 19, of Watchmaker Court, Spon End, admitted assaulting a police officer.
He was sentenced to 42 days in a young offender institute due to his “flagrant disregard for people and their property”.
Jason Howard, 34, of Masser Road, Holbrooks, was found guilty of interfering with a vehicle for the intention of theft and stealing a bank card, and admitted failing to attend a follow-up assessment.
He was sent to prison for 18 weeks and ordered to pay a £122 victim surcharge.
Shaun Reynolds, 23, of Alder Road, Aldermans Green, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.
He was handed a 26-week prison sentence suspended for two years due to it being a “violent, unprovoked offence”, given 80 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £300 compensation, £185 court costs and a £120 victim surcharge.
Abigail Freestone, 26, of Castle Road, Henley-in-Arden, admitted failing to provide a specimen and two counts of assault by beating against a police officer.
She was handed a 16-week prison sentence suspended for a year, given 60 hours unpaid work, banned from driving for 17 months and ordered to pay £100 compensation to each assault victims, £78 court costs and a £122 victim surcharge.
Lewis Bednell, 23, of Laneside, Willenhall, admitted assaulting a police officer.
He was handed a 16-week prison sentence suspended for a year and ordered to pay £100 compensation and a £115 victim surcharge.
Abubakar Lomadi, 19, of Maycock Road, Foleshill, admitted possessing a 8-inch kitchen knife in a public place (Edgwick Park).
He was handed a 26-week prison sentence suspended for a year and ordered to pay £78 court costs and a £122 victim surcharge.