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Regina v Poulton; Regina v Celaire: CACD 24 Oct 2002

The applicants appealed sentences for possession of offensive weapons. Held: The court gave guidance on the issues of relevance in sentencing. The court should follow the Sentencing Advisory Panel in considering the intentions of the defendant. Particular aggravations might be the specific planned use, any racial aggravation, or being under the influence of drugs. As … Continue reading Regina v Poulton; Regina v Celaire: CACD 24 Oct 2002

Director of Public Prosecutions v Hynde: Admn 3 Jul 1997

A butterfly knife is an offensive weapon per se in that it is made for use for causing injury to the person. Citations: [1997] EWHC Admin 626, [1998] 1 Cr App R 288 Links: Bailii Statutes: Prevention of Crime Act 1953 1 Cited by: Cited – Director of Public Prosecutions v Patterson Admn 19-Oct-2004 Prosecutor’s … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Hynde: Admn 3 Jul 1997

K P Warne v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 3 Jun 1997

Appeal against conviction for possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, in this case a pickaxe handle. The magistrates had found it adapted for causing injury by the removal of the head. Held: Such an implement ould nt be held to e within the second category of weapon as set out in Williamson. The … Continue reading K P Warne v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 3 Jun 1997

N v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 30 Jun 2011

Appeal from the decision in the Youth Court at Croydon Magistrates’ Court whereby the appellant was convicted of the offence of possession of an offensive weapon, namely a metal bar, contrary to section 1(1) of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953. Judges: Lord Justice Pitchford Mr Justice Supperstone Citations: [2011] EWHC 1807 (Admin) Links: Bailii … Continue reading N v Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 30 Jun 2011

Houghton v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester: 1986

An off-duty policeman was returning from a fancy dress party in a policeman’s uniform, carrying a truncheon. The issue arose in the course as to whether or not that would constitute an offence. Held: The words ‘reasonable excuse’ in section 1(1) were wide enough to enable the off-duty police officer to be not criminally liable … Continue reading Houghton v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester: 1986

Regina v Davies: CACD 1998

The court was asked whether a screwdriver fell within the prohibition of section 139(2). It was apparently an ordinary screwdriver with no sharp point, but it had what the trial judge had described as ‘blades positioned on each side of the driving . .

Szewczyk, Regina v: CACD 22 Oct 2019

The defendant said that he had been threatened in the street and had taken two knives from his attacker. He appealed his conviction saying that the Crown had not shown that he had intended to use the knives offensively.
Held: His appeal . .

Regina v Densu: CACD 7 Nov 1997

Where an object is in its nature an offensive weapon, the offence of possession is committed even though the possessor had no idea of the true nature of the object: ‘it could not be a reasonable excuse to say that he had [an offensive weapon] with . .