A man from Wrexham who argued with staff at a Portuguese grocery store carried a knife.
Police called to deal with Connor Llewellyn Reavey searched him and discovered the gun in his pocket.
A judge jailed him for eleven and a half months for the “disturbing” case, but had to release him because he served that period in pre-trial detention.
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Mold Crown Court has learned that Reavey, 20, admitted to carrying a bladed item – namely the lock knife – at Luso Foods in Wrexham on December 31 of last year.
Prosecutor Oliver King said that at 2:45 p.m. that day he had a “disagreement” with the vendor, which “resulted in his detention” and the police being called.
The agents arrived and arrested Reavey.
During a search, police found the keyhole knife in his pocket, but he denied that he intended to use it to injure anyone.
Defending Ffion Tomos pointed out that his client, from Bridge Street, Wrexham, did not take the knife out of his pocket and did not brandish it.
The defendant had a very difficult upbringing and suffered from mental health problems due in part to a traumatic childhood.
But he is maturing in the way he handles his medications, for example, and hopes to enter the armed forces, she added.
She said that if he was released under license, people would “be watching him closely.”
Judge His Honor Judge Niclas Parry sentenced Reavey to eleven months and two weeks in prison.
But since he has been in pre-trial detention since January and most detainees are serving only part of their sentence in custody, he would be released immediately.
However, he said: “This is a worrying case. You are a young man who thinks it is okay to carry a knife. It is important that you did not take this knife.
“You said you didn’t want to go back to jail. I’m hanging on to it. If you break the terms of your license, you’ll go back to jail.
“You are a young man. You have time. Do something with your life.”
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