Man, 19, avoids jail for knife possession

By Jamie Brassington | Walsall | Crime | Published:

A 19-year-old man has avoided jail for possessing a knife and breaching a community order.

Wolverhampton Crown Court

Eduard Trocan, of Kingsley Street, Walsall, was sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court after pleading guilty.

He was handed a six-month prison sentence, which was suspended for two years by Judge Simon Ward, who told him: "This may be the last chance the courts give you.

"If you carry on getting into trouble, I can't imagine you will get another chance."

He was convicted of possessing a knife in a public place at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on May 30.

The court was told that on May 29 this year, Trocan was involved in a fight with another man over a collision, where "the defendant got out a knife". It was later seized and destroyed by police.

Trocan was also convicted of being in breach of a community order made at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on January 16. The court heard he appeared there in January in relation to an incident of criminal damage.

Regarding Trocan breaching a community order, Judge Ward said he was "out the house for 75 hours over eight days during a curfew", adding it was almost a "total failure of the curfew".

Defending him, Miss Sarah Taylor, said the breach was caused due to the "malfunction of equipment", which was subsequently "replaced".


His community order had just finished when he was arrested for having a knife.

She said Trocan first arrived in the country last year aged 18 with "no means". But he is now living with his family who are supporting him.

She added: "He wishes to continue working to put this behind him and to improve his English."

Trocan was ordered to pay £340 in prosecution costs, £76 for probation and fined £50 for the community order breach.

Jamie Brassington

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