An aspiring rap artist who was caught with a knife in an unexplained blood-stained bag walked free from court – and told the Echo he had learned his lesson.Really? First offence, then?
Mark Larkin, prosecuting, told the court Ajewole had been reprimanded for carrying a knife at school in 2004, and also had convictions for robbery and aggravated vehicle taking.*sigh*
Cyrus Shroff, defending, said Ajewole had worked hard to gain good educational qualifications and was thought to have a promising career ahead of him in the music industry.Is it me, or do those two statements not really hang together?
So, what was his
He initially refused to explain the findings to police, but later said he had agreed to carry it for someone he feared to prevent them being caught with it by police.And the magistrates bought that?
And we wonder why we have a crime problem. Last words go to the defendant:
After the hearing Ajewole told the Echo: "I would always say that carrying a knife is the wrong thing to do. You are likely to end up getting stabbed or going to jail.Yes, that's what I always think when I hear rap music. 'Oh, listen, they're spreading the message of love...'
"I'm glad to get this second chance so we can continue to spread the message of love with our music."