A CARPENTER was caught with a lock knife by police during an argument in the street.
Mark Hunt, 43, of Linton Crescent, was outside the Best One shop in Eversfield Place, St Leonards on October 15 shouting abuse.
Mark Kateley, prosecuting at a court hearing, said: “When police attended the defendant was very drunk and shouting abuse at various people.
“Officers intervened and searched him and found a lock knife in his jeans. The blade was three inches long.
“He told police he was a carpenter by trade and forgot the knife was still in his pocket.”
Hunt pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and possessing an offensive weapon.
Aiden Harvey, defending, said: “He has nothing on his record for violence at all.
“After work he went for a drink with his friends and did not realise the knife was still in his pocket.
“There is no suggestion the knife was used in any violent fashion. The defendant was also not threatening in any way, shape or form.”
Magistrates gave Hunt a 12-month community order in which he must do 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also fined £50.