Homeless man admits knife offence

A 29-YEAR-OLD homeless man has appeared in court for waving a five-inch kitchen knife at a man who told him not to urinate in his friend’s doorway.

Joseph Kenyon, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to possession an offensive weapon at Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday (April 20).

The court heard he had been banging on the door of a home in Seaside Road at around 9.30pm on February 24.

The resident in the home went to get her friend and the friend spoke to Kenyon and asked him what he was doing.

Kenyon said he was urinating in the doorway and after an exchange of words between the two, the defendant pulled out a knife and started waving it in the direction of the man.

He then walked off down the road and was seen to drop the knife in the street.

The police were called and they arrested Kenyon and found and seized the knife he had been wielding.

Julien Mussi, defending, said Kenyon was having housing problems when he committed the offence.

“He was on the streets and living rough which is why the knife was in his possession,” said Mr Mussi.

The court also heard Kenyon was currently addressing a drugs problem.

Magistrates imposed a nine-month community order with nine months supervision and six months drugs rehabilitation requirement.

They did not order Kenyon to pay towards bringing the case to court because of his circumstances.