Drug and drink assessment for 'thorough nuisance' Tigwell

PUBLISHED: 11:03 25 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:03 25 July 2016

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A Judge who branded a man armed with a knife during a row in Exmouth a 'thorough nuisance', has recommended drug and drink support to stop him reoffending

A ‘thorough nuisance’ who armed himself with a knife during a confrontation in Exmouth is to be assessed for alcohol and drug rehabilitation treatment.

Samuel Tigwell was told he will be released on a suspended sentence if the probation service recommend the rehabilitation work and approve his mother’s home in Exmouth as a suitable address.

A Judge at Exeter Crown Court said Tigwell has been a ‘thorough nuisance’ around Exmouth for some years but hoped he could be given enough support to help him stop offending.

Tigwell, aged 25, formerly of Cunningham Road, Brixington, Exmouth, but now of no fixed address, admitted having a knife in a public place and affray. He has 34 previous convictions.

Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, adjourned the case for two weeks to enable the probation service to put a support package in place.

The Judge said: “This man causes me some concern but if he is going to be released on a suspended sentence I would like to know whether an alcohol and drug requirement is possible.

“He has been a thorough nuisance in Exmouth for some time because of his drinking and taking drugs. He can’t complain about being in prison at the moment.

“It may be that a suspended sentence and as good a package of support as can be provided is the right answer.

“It would give him one more chance to stop him offending, otherwise a court at some stage is going to think that a long sentence is necessary.”

The judge said a restraining order will also help prevent a repeat of the incident that led to Tigwell’s arrest.

An earlier hearing was told how Tigwell knocked on a window of a house in Cheshire Road and was later found to be carrying a knife.

Miss Tara Wolfe, defending, said it is hoped that Tigwell will be able to move back in with his mother, but the address has not been checked by the probation service.

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