Judge orders arrest of Exmouth pub knifeman
PUBLISHED: 13:26 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:26 27 April 2018
A judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of a knifeman who has failed to turn up for community payback work.
Luke Venton was ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work at Exeter Crown Court as punishment for an incident in which he terrified customers at a pub in Exmouth with an eight inch knife.
He was summonsed back to court after completing just a few hours of the work and breaking off contact with the probation service.
Judge Timothy Rose issued a warrant for his arrest after he failed to attend the hearing. The case was adjourned until he is picked up by the police or hands himself in.
In the original case Venton, aged 37, of Exeter Road, Exmouth, who works as a delivery driver, admitted possessing a knife in a public place and received a community order with the unpaid work requirement.
He was caught on CCTV in May 2017 as he waved a sheath knife around in the Oddfellows Arms in Exmouth. Footage showed him pulling it from a back pocket, unsheathing it, and throwing it into the air three times before catching it.
A group of women who were on a night out at the pub were so frightened they left and called the police.
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.”