Winchcombe man tries to force way into Tewkesbury home with knuckleduster
A 21-YEAR-OLD man tried to force his way into a Tewkesbury flat while wearing a knuckleduster, a judge heard.
Luke Bond, of Binyon Road, Winchcombe, admitted having an offensive weapon in a public place.
He also admitted damaging the doors of the flat in Abbey House, in Tewkesbury's High Street.
Gloucester Crown Court heard that he had gone to the flat with the knuckleduster, demanding to see Martin Hill, who was inside, so that he could "sort something out with him".
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Later, when he was arrested, he claimed he had the knuckleduster on because it would have made a louder noise when he knocked the door.
Sentencing him the judge, Recorder Michael de Navarro QC, said that going out late any night to settle something while wearing a knuckleduster which could have done a lot of damage was "unattractive".
But he decided to be lenient on Bond, who had not been hailed up in court before.
"Had I sent you to prison you couldn't have complained," said the Recorder.
"But you have no previous convictions and I can treat this as a matter much out of character.
"You have done a lot of voluntary work to help other people which I find extremely impressive."
He was given a 12 month community sentence and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.
As well as the unpaid work, Bond was sentenced to a two month curfew from 8pm to 6am every night.
Prosecutor Lisa Hennessy had told the court that at 12.10am on November 11, Bond and another man started loudly banging the communal door of Abbey House.
The occupant opened the door and saw Bond had a knuckleduster on his right hand. The men were aggressive and demanding to come in to check if Mr Hill was present.
The occupant shut the door on them, but then heard more noise around the communal door.
Police were called and officers found both the communal door and flat door were damaged and splintered.
The flat door had been dented by the knuckleduster.
Bond was arrested and said he had been drinking and wanted to find Mr Hill because of some "background" between him, his girlfriend and a third party.