Teen caught with drugs and knife in street is banned from Stevenage

St Albans Magistrates Court.

St Albans Magistrates Court.

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A teenager who was caught in a Stevenage street with cannabis and a kitchen knife has been given a suspended jail term – and banned from entering the town for a year.

Nineteen-year-old Lewis Barnett, of Iveagh Court in Hemel Hempstead, had the blade and drugs in his possession in Oaks Cross on March 12.

He pleaded guilty to having the knife with him when he appeared before St Albans magistrates last Monday, having previously denied the charge. He had pleaded guilty the day after the offences to possessing the bag of cannabis.

The court heard that Barnett had committed the offences while out on licence – but the bench decided it would be unjust to impose an immediate custodial sentence, as his previous convictions mostly related to things that happened while he was a juvenile.

Chairman of the bench Maria Butchart sentenced him to 18 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and banned him from entering the borough of Stevenage for the latter period.

Barnett must complete a 19-day Thinking Skills course, complete a rehabilitation activity requirement and must pay £150 costs and £115 surcharge.

The court ordered the drugs and knife to be forfeited and destroyed.

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