Samurai sword man in Bulwell avoids prison

Nottinghamshire Magistrates Court
Nottinghamshire Magistrates Court

A Bulwell man avoided a jail sentence after he was arrested for carrying a Samurai sword in the middle of the night.

Devon Dean Saintlouis, 53, of Newmarket Street, in Bulwell, admitted carrying the weapon on his own street on September 8.

Last Thursday Nottinghamshire magistrates sentenced him to prison for four weeks, suspended for 12 months, because the offence was so serious and ‘the weapon was carried on the streets in the middle of the night’.

Carrying the weapon is a “Level 2” offence under Police and Criminal Evidence Act guidelines.

Mr Saintlouis must carry out 100 hours of unpaid work within the next twelve months. Magistrates also ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £80, costs of £85 and a criminal courts charge of £180.

The sword was forfeited under section 143 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000. The sword itself was destroyed by PC 998 Bryan at the Bridewell.

The defendant’s guilty plea taken into account when imposing sentence.