Doncaster man stopped by police was carrying large knife after receiving threats

A Rossington man who armed himself with a large kitchen knife for his own protection was stopped by police in Harworth, a court has heard.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 9:36 am

Police stopped Marvin Stacey's car on Brunel Close, after they saw he had a faulty brake light, at 3pm, on January 20.

The knife, which had a seven inch blade, was spotted on his passenger seat, said prosecutor Kevin Kavanagh.

After he was arrested, Stacey told officers he got the knife the day before in Doncaster and was carrying it for self defence after receiving threats.

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Marvin Stacey appeared in court after police found a large knife in his car.
Marvin Stacey appeared in court after police found a large knife in his car.

He said he would never use the knife to harm anyone, but wouldn't disclose the identities of the people who threatened him.

James Gray, mitigating, said Stacey, who was of previous good character, deserved credit for his early guilty plea.

He said the dad-of-three had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for which he regularly sees a nurse and takes medication.

At the time he had temporarily separated from his wife, and his mental health was in an "acute state" at the time.

"Delays have meant he has waited for three months," said Mr Gray. "Awaiting court proceedings have been an anxious period for Mr Stacey."

Stacey, 36, of Stripe Road, Rossington, admitted possession of a bladed article when he appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court, on Wednesday.

Magistrates told the self-employed landscape gardener it was “bizarre” for him to appear in court at his age.

They imposed a six month sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered him to pay £85 court costs with a £128 victim surcharge.