A man was caught with a “large black and gold sword” outside a home he had been kicked out of only days earlier.

Police were called out to the home on Cawdor Street in Farnworth at around 3.30pm on July 3 this year to reports of a man being seen with a knife.

Bolton Crown Court heard how on getting there they found 27-year-old Alex Tajkuna near a home that he had been told to leave after a disagreement.

Prosecutor Salek Ahmed said: “As officers approached the address the defendant was stood outside the house.”

He told the court how an officer came up close to where Tajkuna was standing.

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Mr Ahmed said: “At which point he noticed the defendant was stood next to what appeared to be a large black and gold bat.

“This was in fact a sword.”

Tajkuna, who has one previous conviction for three offences, was arrested and searched at which point officers found he had been carrying a small snap bag of a white coloured powder which turned out to be cocaine.

He eventually pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article in an public place and to possession of Class A drugs.

Hayley Bennett, defending, said that Tajkuna, who appeared before the court via video link from prison and spoke through a Hungarian interpreter, had earned credit for his guilty pleas.

She pointed out that Tajkuna had already spent around five months in prison on remand since his arrested and said that he had a place to live waiting for him for when he was released.

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Ms Bennett also said that the 27-year-old’s vulnerabilities should be taken into account when considering his sentence.

Judge Abigail Hudson accepted Tajkuna’s guilty pleas but reminded the court of the “very large sword” he had been caught with and of the danger of “mixing weapons with cocaine use".

She sentenced him to six months in prison but said that given Tajkuna had already reached the halfway point while on remand he was like to be released immediately.

As he was led away on the link, Tajkuna said: “OK, thanks so much".