Drunk had ‘mini sword’ tucked in his jeans

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A drunk in a hoodie left a woman outside a Nelson pub shocked after she feared he had a gun tucked into his jeans, a court heard.

Pennine magistrates were told how ex-convict Peter John McCormack, who was “completely unable to stand,” in fact turned out to have a “massive knife” in his waistband, which the witness told police looked like a mini sword.

McCormack, who has served time for drugs, had been slouching forward outside The Lord Nelson and his jacket had rolled up to expose the dangerous weapon - a hunting-type knife, which had a seven inch blade.

The dependent, who is alcohol dependent, ended up being tended to by paramedics after the commotion last August 29th.

McCormack (39), of St Mary’s Street, Nelson, admitted possessing a knife blade/sharp pointed article in a public place and failing to surrender to court. The defendant received 23 weeks in custody, suspended for a year, with 12 months’ supervision and a six-month alcohol treatment requirement. He was ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

Bench chairman Mr Neil Tranmer told him: “This is made more serious because it was a particularly dangerous weapon, you were under the influence of drink and were in close proximity to licensed premises. It could have involved injury to yourself or others.”