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Charity shop worker faces jail for having axe during row
6:10pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A MAN who took on a job at a charity shop to turn his life around could face jail after he admitted having an axe during a row in a Southend Street.
Former drug addict Stuart Lloyd, 33, was handed the axe by a friend during a row with a group of youths in Warrior Square, Southend.
Basildon Crown Court was shown CCTV footage of the incident on the evening of May 26 outside the Vineyard charity shop, where he volunteers.
It showed the former barman arguing with a number of people, but with the axe held down by his left leg the whole time.
Defending, Richard Stevens, said: “He did not bring the axe to the scene, it was passed to him during an ongoing argument. He did not kick or punch anyone. The defendant was holding the axe and later passed it to a friend who also pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon.”
Mr Stevens argued against prison saying working at the Vineyard was largely keeping him on the straight and narrow and he was now drug free.
He said: “He is volunteering at the charity shop on the basis he no longer takes drugs.”
Lloyd was originally charged with possessing an offensive weapon, but missed a court hearing and was arrested at Southend Magistrates’ Court on September 19. He later pleaded guilty to having a bladed article in a public place without reasonable excuse.
Lloyd will be sentenced this month after a pre-sentence report is prepared, but the judge indicated he would face jail.
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