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Shaun Barker admits carrying a machete in public
9:05am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
A MAN with a habit of carrying weapons in public has been jailed after a caller tipped off police he had a machete in a residential street.
Residents of Penley Grove Street heard a woman shouting: “What are you doing with a machete? What are you doing going up to a woman with a baby and frightening them?”, Helen Wheatley, prosecuting, told York Crown Court.
The residents saw Shaun Michael Barker, 36, pick up the weapon from the ground, put it down his trousers and make off, she said. He was arrested nearby by police, who had been alerted by a phone call claiming that he had a machete with him in a public place, Ms Wheatley told the court.
The prosecution accepted he had not threatened anyone with the machete, which Recorder Ben Nolan QC described as “particularly fearsome-looking”.
Barker had three previous convictions for carrying knives or weapons in public and was on a community order at the time.
The judge told Barker: “The circumstances are deeply worrying. You describe your condition to the police in terms of being very severely intoxicated. The combination of severe intoxication and a weapon of these dimensions is toxic and a potentially lethal one.”
He jailed Barker, of no fixed address, for a year.
Barker admitted carrying a machete in public.
His barrister, Nicholas Barker, said his client had managed to stay out of trouble for five years while working as a stonemason, but after he lost his job through injury his life had “spiralled out of control”.
Until he was remanded in custody on the machete charge, he had a heroin addiction, but had remained heroin-free behind bars.