Man caught with weapon on Newcastle street for the third time warned he could go to jail

Jason Chrisp is facing prison after worried residents in Arthur’s Hill reported him shouting and swearing while holding an axe

A man is facing jail after being caught with a weapon in a Newcastle street for the third time in a decade.

Jason Chrisp, who has previous convictions for possessing a bottle of ammonia and a knife, was reported to police after concerned residents on Tamworth Road, in Arthur’s Hill, saw him “shouting and swearing” while holding an axe, a court heard.

Officers attended the scene on July 29 and searched the 29-year-old but, at first, no weapon was found.

However, drunk Chrisp soon confessed that he had been carrying an axe and disclosed that he’d hidden it under a nearby parked van, magistrates were told.

Now, Chrisp, of Gainsborough Grove, in Arthur’s Hill, has been warned he faces a prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

Rebecca Gibson, prosecuting at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, said; “Police attended Tamworth Road in relation to a report of a male walking up and down the street, shouting and swearing and holding an axe.

“A police officer arrives and he became aware of a male matching the description of the suspect.”

The court heard that Chrisp, who was behaving in an “animated manner” and had a cut to the back of his head, was immediately detained and searched but no weapon was found.

“After a short time, the defendant disclosed that he had been in possession of an axe in the street having been attacked by a group of males earlier that day,” Mrs Gibson added.

Chrisp then showed the officer where he’d hidden the weapon and he was arrested.

The court was told that Chrisp was convicted in 2007 of possessing ammonia in public and in 2012 of possessing a knife.

Because of his past convictions, magistrates deemed that their powers of sentence were insufficient and Chrisp was released on bail to next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on October 9.

Chrisp’s solicitor, Tony Malia, said that full mitigation would be heard on that occasion.

Newcastle Chronicle

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