A STROUD teenager who took two knives back to a nightclub “to finish a fight” has narrowly escaped prison.
Henry Clifford, 18, of Folly Lane, Uplands, Stroud had admitted having the knives in public on April 7 and he was appearing for sentence at Gloucester Crown Court yesterday.
The court heard how Clifford had been involved in a fight in the Warehouse Club in Stroud and had been evicted.
“But he went home, collected two knives and returned to the club at about 1am,” said prosecuting barrister Nick Fridd.
“He was confronted by door staff and he told them that he had brought the knives to finish off the fight and he intended to kill the man who had hit him.”
When the police arrived Clifford, who was “very intoxicated” at the time also told officers that he had come back to finish off the fight, said the barrister.
Defending barrister Nicholas Gerasimidis said: “My client gave no resistance when the doormen took the knives off him.
“He had been bullied and ejected from the club and felt impotent. He was also in a very intoxicated state.
“There are no real aggravating features here and my client had no intention of using the knives.
“However he does realise how serious this is, especially in the current climate of knife crime.”
Hi Honour Judge Michael Cullum told the teenager: “Even normally peaceful and harmless people like you can become murderers in the blink of an eye if they are carrying knives.
“This was not your true character and I do not believe that you were ever going to use the knives but knives cause more deaths in our streets than anything else.”
The judge told Clifford that it was a “colossally stupid” act and he should realise hw close he had come to custody.
The judge placed Clifford on a 12-month community order and ordered him to do 250 hours of unpaid work.
The teenager was also ordered to pay £300 prosecution costs.