Suspended sentence for Lye man who brandished a knife and racially abused a schoolboy

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A 52-year-old Lye man who was brandishing a large kitchen knife when he racially abused a 15-year-old schoolboy has been given a 12-month jail term suspended for a year.

Mark Cannon had already received "summary justice" for what he did because the boy's family assaulted him afterwards - Samantha Powis, defending, told Wolverhampton Crown Court.

She said Cannon could remember little of the incident near Stourbridge town centre because he had been drinking heavily and taking medication.

"There is nothing in his record to suggest he is a racist," she told the court. "He is deeply sorry for what he has done and he puts it down to the mixture of alcohol and medication."

Cannon, of Talbot Street, admitted racially aggravated harassment and he was further placed on Supervision for 12 months by Judge Michael Dudley.

He told him it was accepted his behaviour had been completely out of character but he added: "You were brandishing a knife and you seriously frightened a 15-year-old boy while shouting racial abuse at him."

Iain Willis, prosecuting, said police called to the scene found Cannon with an injury to his lip and when they searched his rucksack they found the knife which had a nine-inch blade.

Cannon was intoxicated and when questioned he told officers he was taking the knife to a friend who was a butcher.

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