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Homeless man spotted with knife near children's play area
6:11pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A HOMELESS man spotted sharpening a kitchen knife as he sat close to a children's play area at a Rowley Regis park has been jailed for four weeks.
But Shabab Hussein walked free from Wolverhampton Crown Court after admitting possessing a bladed article in a public place because he had already served his sentence while on remand.
A concerned member of the public had alerted police when he saw Hussein with the knife in Britannia Park, said Edward Soulsby prosecuting.
When officers arrived on the scene the 25-year-old was next to the play area with the blade and fled when they approached him, forcing them to taser him to restrain him.
When interviewed Hussein, of no fixed address, said he had downed a large amount of vodka and smoked cannabis the previous evening and had little recollection of how he came to be in the park with the knife.
The court heard he had a previous conviction for a similar offence.
Brett Wilson, defending, said it had never been the intention of Hussein to use the weapon and he was not intent on carrying out any other offences.