Knife man who injured Exmouth teenager is ordered to dry out

PUBLISHED: 14:16 25 July 2017

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Alex Walton

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Alex Walton

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A 42-year-old rough sleeper, who was found with a knife after a fight where an Exmouth teenager was injured, has been spared jail and ordered to sort out his alcohol problem.

A homeless man who was found with a craft knife after an Exmouth teenager was injured in Exeter has been spared a jail sentence and ordered to tackle his alcohol problem.

Peter Dodd was found with the weapon after a fight in Exeter’s High Street in which a 17-year-old youth from Exmouth suffered a minor cut to his neck.

Dodd, aged 42, who was living rough in Exeter at the time, but is now of Coronation Avenue, Dawlish, admitted possession of a blade when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

He was jailed for six months, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to go on an alcohol treatment course and do 30 days rehabilitation activities by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC.

He told him: “You have a long criminal record but there has been nothing since 2012. That is very significant in the context of your record.

“This offence involved the possession of a knife, so there must be a six month sentence, but I am persuaded there are quite a lot of things going on in your life which are very positive.

“You have a support network in Dawlish and you are making real efforts to sort your life out and want all the help you can be offered.”

Mr Nigel Wraith, prosecuting, told an earlier hearing that Dodd was arrested after a fight near the Guildhall in Exeter High Street on the evening of April 22 this year.

He was searched after a 17-year-old suffered a small cut on his neck and a craft knife was found in Dodd’s property.

Mr Warren Robinson, defending, said Dodd is keen to work with the probation service and has been deemed suitable for an alcohol treatment programme run by the addiction service Rise.

Dodd is also receiving treatment for pneumonia and suspected tuberculosis and efforts are being made with the help of his MP to try to find him permanent accommodation.

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