Court security finds knife in dad’s pocket
A FATHER was stopped from entering court with his pregnant wife and their baby in a pushchair — when security discovered he was carrying a five inch flick knife.
Abass Razavi, aged 38, of Beverly Road, Little Lever, was found to be in possession of the blade at Bury Magistrates Court on May 10, a court heard.
Bolton Crown Court was told that Razavi had gone to Bury Magistrates over a county court issue, and initially, when he was stopped by security at the door, he failed to declare the knife.
Graham Robinson, prosecuting said that Razavi said he had found the blade in Moses Gate Park at least two months before.
Mr Robinson said Razavi had only recently come up with a defence in which he claimed he had found the knife at the park.Razavi said he feared a child might be injured if it was found at the park, and had put it into the pocket of a jacket then forgotten about it.
Defending, Adam Lodge said: “When he was in the park he had been using his bike. He sees the knife on the floor and he very sensibly picks it up because he didn't want a child to find it.
“Clearly Mr Razavi had made a number of mistakes in having the knife in his possession when entering the court but they were innocent mistakes.
“When he entered the building he had no idea that the knife was in his pocket. He didn’t know it was wrong to possess a knife.”
But Mr Robinson, prosecuting, said: “In his original evidence he said he had picked up the knife because it was nice and clean and could use it for a picnic. He never said it was to protect children at Moses Gate.”
CCTV footage of Razavi and his family entering Bury Magistrates Court was shown to the jury.
Mr Robinson added: “When the bleeper goes off Razavi doesn’t seem terribly keen to assist the security officers.
“One has to ask, what is good reason for taking a knife into court, when he is trying to sort out a court payment that he doesn’t agree with.”
Razavi, who had an Iranian interpreter in court, was found guilty by a jury of possessing the blade.
He will be sentenced on December 6.