Fine for man caught in car with weapon

From the courts
From the courts

An Alfreton man caught with a knuckle-duster inside his sock claimed he carried it to deter would-be attackers.

Police stopped a Ford Fiesta after following it from a Somercotes car park and detained passenger Ishuenopa Shinda.

“He was asked if he had anything on him and he removed a knuckle-duster he had in his left sock and handed it to the officer,” prosecutor Helen Griffiths told Chesterfield magistrates.

“He was arrested and made no comment during a police interview,”

Shinda, 21, of Preston Avenue, Alfreton, admitted possessing an offensive weapon on August 27.

He committed a similar offence two years ago.

The justices handed him a one-year probation supervision order, with £85 costs, and ordered that the knuckle-duster be destroyed.

“An officer had overheard a conversation between him and the driver about some racial abuse.

“It was a stop and search and he voluntarily produced the knuckle-duster.

“He lives in a predominantly white area and he and his family have suffered a lot of abuse since moving in there 11 years ago,” said Gazala Abbasi, for Shinda.

She added: “He had received a number of threats from people in the locality that something would happen to him and his family.

“He says he would have used the knuckle-duster to scare them off if there was more than one.

“There has been violence in the past and his opinion is that police are not interested because he has a criminal record.”

Shinda, who served time in a young offenders’ institution in 2010, was doing a two-year sports development course at college and hoped to go to university, said Ms Shinda.