St Blazey man had machete in police vehicle
A COMMUNITY order has been imposed on a St Blazey man found with a large machete under his feet in the back of a police car.
Jaime Benjamin-Woolley, who also made threats to slit the throat of a village resident, was told to do 80 hours’ unpaid work and undertake an employment and training requirement as part of the order.
Benjamin-Woolley, 22, of Doubletrees, was convicted of having a bladed item in a public place after a trial on September 3 and also ordered to pay £235 in costs and surcharge.
He had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to using threatening words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to Rosehill Road resident Tristan Barry.
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Benjamin-Woolley appeared before Bodmin magistrates for sentencing on Friday (September 6) after the bench had considered a probation officer’s pre-sentence report.
He had been arrested after an incident on June 20 in which a car had become wedged on a wall on Mr Barry’s driveway.
At the trial he was cleared of attempting to drive the car with excess alcohol and without insurance.
On Friday Benjamin-’s solicitor Chris Nicholls told the court he had been in the wrong place at the wrong time and the machete had not been brandished.
Benjamin-Woolley made the threat to Mr Barry because he believed he had called the police about the car, when in fact Mr Barry had dialled 999 about an earlier disturbance which did not involve him.
Probation officer Mark Swann said that Benjamin-Woolley had panicked with the machete when he saw police arrive and had acted out of frustration in shouting at Mr Barry.
He had engaged well with a current community order, and Mr Swann suggested a new order should be made.