Man is caught carrying baseball bat and knife

A MAN found with a kitchen knife and a baseball bat outside a bar has been spared immediate time in prison.

Gino Stallone, of Grange Road, Kettering, was wrestled to the floor by police officers when they spotted the offensive objects outside Abacus in Dalkeith Place in January.

The 49-year-old, who has more than 100 previous convictions, was given a six-month prison term, suspended for two years, when he appeared at Northampton Crown Court yesterday.

William Falshaw, prosecuting the case, said: “Police were told the defendant had a knife so they found him and asked to speak to him. They had hold of his arm and could feel he had an object in his right sleeve, so took him to the ground.

“They recovered a wooden baseball bat and a 12-inch kitchen knife.”

Mr Falshaw said Stallone had been drinking all day and told officers he was carrying the weapons as he felt under threat. But when interviewed at a later date he said he was moving house and had been transporting items backwards and forwards.

Maxine Krone, for Stallone, said he had been carrying items including knives, forks and spoons to his new property.

Recorder Geoffrey Kelly, who also sentenced Stallone to 200 hours of unpaid work, said: “You have pleaded guilty to what is a very serious offence.

“The reason was that you were taking the items from one premises to another because you were moving home.

“Had there been any altercation, in your drunken state you may have been tempted to use them as weapons.”