‘Eccentric’ pensioner’s fishing trip ends with 12 weeks in jail
A PENSIONER who was living on a Falmouth beach is set to be released from prison wearing the wellington boots he had on the day he was arrested nearly three months ago for brandishing a kitchen carving knife.
Peter Angel, 66, had maintained his innocence since being taken into custody on August 7.
Appearing at Truro Crown Court on Wednesday he told the court that the boots were made by Dunlop and “quite expensive”.
He pleaded guilty to having a knife on Swanpool Beach after Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, pointed out that he had already spent a considerable amount of time in custody on remand waiting for the case to progress through the court.
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Elaine Hosbon, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told the court Angel had been fishing when he got into an argument over a small camp fire on the beach with staff from the Elemental Watersports and Adventure Centre.
Ms Hobson said Angel then brandished the knife in dangerous circumstances and said ‘I’ll pop this knife right through you’.
She said: “He did then proceed to leave the beach, making several trips to move his gear.”
He was arrested when the police arrived but denied having a knife.
Barrie Van den Berg, defending, said: “There is CCTV of Mr Angel actually on the beach that shows no knife and police came and searched him and searched the beach and found no knife.”
Judge Clark said Angel had apparently been on the beach for a number of weeks enjoying the summer and fishing “living what some would say was an idyllic life on the seafront”.
“He is inclined to be eccentric as opposed to being eccentric,” he said.
Angel, of Henver Road, Newquay, was jailed for four months.
He will serve half that in custody and with all time served on remand to count towards the sentence, he will be released in the coming days.