Our client had initially been charged with an offence contrary to section 4 of the Public Order Act and this was then changed to a single charge of being in possession of a knife. The Prosecution then sought to add an additional charge of Affray.
On behalf of our client it was pointed out that the offence did not occur in a public place and due to the particular circumstances of the case to continue with any charges would amount to an abuse of process. The Prosecution agreed to drop the charges against our client at the Crown Court. The co-Defendant, who was represented by a different local Firm, had pleaded guilty at the Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced to prison.