Community order for man who had knife in Exmouth pub

PUBLISHED: 13:58 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:58 21 September 2017

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.

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A delivery driver who waved a sheath knife around in a pub in Exmouth has been warned he will go to jail if he is found with a weapon in public again.

Luke Venton was caught on CCTV at The Oddfellows as he pulled the eight-inch knife from a back pocket, unsheathed it, and threw it into the air three times before catching it.

A group of women on a night out at the pub were so frightened they left and called the police, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Venton, aged 37, of Exeter Road, admitted possessing a knife in a public place and was ordered to do 120 hours unpaid community work by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC.

He told Venton: “I want to make it quite clear to you that if you are found in possession of a knife again, you will go to prison.

“You can’t go around in public with a knife in your pocket.”

Miss Emmi Wilson, prosecuting, said a female customer at the Oddfellows called the police at around 9pm on May 5 this year to report seeing a man with a knife in the pub.

Miss Wilson said: “She left the pub with her two friends because of concern about the man’s behaviour.

“CCTV showed him taking the knife out, removing the sheath, and throwing it in the air and catching it three times.

“When the police were called he told them they had no powers of arrest and that he would make a complaint unless he was paid money.”

Venton, who represented himself, said he was carrying the knife because he was in the process of moving house and did not realise it was an offence to have it in a public place.

He said: “I can see now that I went wrong in pulling it out in the pub.”

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