A 36-year-old Cirencester man who pointed a knife at a teenager in the town is facing jail – but a judge today agreed to delay dealing with him until a pre-sentence report is prepared by the probation service.
Gary May, of Upper Churnside, Cirencester, who is currently being housed in a Gloucester hotel under coronavirus restrictions, pleaded guilty at Gloucester crown court today to having a Stanley locking knife in Chesterton Lane, Cirencester, on September 7, 2018 without good reason.
His denial of a second charge of having the knife in Watermoor road on the same date was accepted by the prosecution.
May appeared via Skype at the hearing at crown court but lost connection during the hearing.
However, his solicitor Claire Jenkins said she would ring him to inform him of the outcome.
Judge Ian Lawrie QC heard that May is subject to a minimum prison term for the offence because of previous similar matters on his record but nevertheless accepted Ms Jenkins’ submission that there should be a pre-sentence report.
Ms Jenkins said because of his accommodation status he had been placed in the Central Hotel, Gloucester, under the provisions to get homeless people off the streets during the pandemic.
Judge Lawrie said it appeared he had been ‘actively collaborating’ with the probation service recently so he was prepared to adjourn sentence for a month for a pre-sentence report. The case was adjourned till May 28.
He was reminded by prosecutor Janine Wood that May is a ‘minimum sentence offender’ and the latest offence is serious because he pointed the knife at a 15-year-old.
“He has obviously got some difficult issues,” said the judge.