Man asked Grampian staff to store sword behind bar

The Grampian Club in Patrick Road, Corby
The Grampian Club in Patrick Road, Corby
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A 21-year-old from Corby pulled out a samurai sword at a pub and asked the manager to keep it behind the bar, saying ‘don’t worry, it’s not for anyone here’, a court heard.

James Hannah, of Hatfield Close, took the 12 inch weapon into Corby’s Grampian Club at about 11am on Friday, July 13.

He also had two other knives on him and was spotted by a glass collector brandishing the weapon.

After asking the manager of the club if he could stash the weapon behind the bar, staff called the police and he was arrested shortly after.

Northampton Crown Court heard that he was taking the blades to his girlfriend’s house.

James McClernon, mitigating, said that the defendant was staying at the Live Wise Housing Association in Corby, and did not feel safe having the weapons in his room as he was living with violent neighbours.

He met a friend on the way to taking the weapons elsewhere and went to the pub with her.

Sentencing the defendant to 14 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, Judge Richard Bray said: “The risk of injury in a club when you bring in articles like that is very high, especially when drink is involved.

“I give you credit for your early plea and the probation service have been very impressed.”