Man found with a blade avoids prison

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A man already under a suspended prison sentence was found on a Scarborough street with an eight inch bladed lock knife, a court heard.

Before York Crown Court on Monday was Jeffrey Sygrove, 31, of Overdale, in Eastfield, who had previously admitted possessing the offensive weapon in a public place,

He also pleaded guilty to charges of possessing M/Cat, an amphetamine based “Class “B” substance, driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit, and without a licence or insurance.

Sygrove also admitted that the offences placed him in breach of a suspended eight month prison sentence imposed in November 2011 for assaulting a female in her own home with wood.

Steven Thornton, prosecuting, said that the drug offence came to light on September 8, last year, when police were called to a disturbance in an ally, off Valley Road, and found Sygrove shouting at his cousin.

He was asked to move on, but continued with his behaviour, before the small amount of the drug was found in his pocket on arrest.

The other matters relate to November 3, last year, when police stopped Sygrove after he drove at speed into Gladstone Road, Scarborough.

After the officers had administered a positive breath test they saw Sygrove passing an object to his female passenger, this being the illegal knife.

Patricia Doherty, mitigating, said Sygrove, who was banned from driving for three years in 2008, had foolishly decided to drive his female companion’s car to the shops to get more alcohol, believing she had already drunk more than he.

She added the knife had been purchased that day and her client had not had chance to get it home.

Mrs Doherty, who said that Sygrove had almost completed the term of the suspended sentence successfully, asked the court for a “last chance” for him.

Sentencing Sygrove to a 12 month community order, with supervision and a three month electronically monitored daily curfew, and banning him from driving for three years, Judge Shaun Spencer QC said that he was not activating the suspended sentence.