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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".

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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

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star. Contact me at jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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