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Man who had knife at Carlisle hotel spared prison

Krzysztof Kaminski leaving Carlisle Crown Court.
Krzysztof Kaminski leaving Carlisle Crown Court.

[A] DRUNKEN man who committed a knife crime at a Carlisle hotel has been spared immediate prison.

Krzysztof Kaminski, 42, was found to have a “decorative” Viking blade in his rucksack by police called to the Cumbria Park, Stanwix, due to his boozy behaviour. Kaminski had fallen on the floor and lost his glasses as he tried to leave the hotel, where his friend was staying.

He later admitted having a bladed article in a public place, in the early hours of April 16, and was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today (FRI).

Recorder John Corless heard Kaminski had forgotten the knife was in his bag. It had been in there since he attended a huge Viking-themed festival as a market trader in York several weeks earlier.

The decorative blade had been part of the costume he wore while selling goods.

Kaminski, of Up Hatherley, Cheltenham, was told he faced a minimum and immediate six-month jail term having committed a previous knife crime in 2010.

But, hearing he was a “hard-working” family man, Recorder Corless concluded such a sentence would be unjust. A four-month jail term was suspended for two years, and an order was made for the knife to be forfeited and destroyed.

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