Leonard Hankey, 40, was accused of waving a machete in a street in Torrington, North Devon...Oh noes! Knife crime! Throw the book at h...
...after the frame of the broken toy was mistaken for a deadly weapon.Errrr, surely, if you're going to charge someone for having a machete in the street, you need....well, a machete?
Not a bit of broken scooter?
A judge imposed a conditional discharge after hearing that Mr Hankey would probably have escaped with a caution if the true facts had been known from the outset.So, who was concealing these 'true facts', your honour? Shouldn't you be wondering about that?
Recorder Mr Kevin de Haan, QC, said he looked on it as "an offence committed impulsively", adding: "With clearer judgment you probably wouldn't have done that; you would have contacted the police or gone to see the parents."I don't think contacting the police would have helped, if they can't tell the difference between a bit of scooter and a machete, do you?
And what of the CPS? Aren't the police always telling us they are reluctant to take on anything that isn't a slam-dunk case?