A MAN caught carrying a knife into a Pembrokeshire court building has been jailed for 42 weeks.

Wayne Davies, of Water Street, Pembroke Dock, appeared from custody at Haverfordwest magistrates court on Wednesday, March 13 and pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article in a public place.

The court heard that Davies, 30, had been due to appear in the dock for a separate charge the previous day, and security staff carried out a routine search as he entered the building.

A craft knife was found in his front pocket and he was subsequently arrested.

Sian Vaughan, prosecuting, told the bench that Davies was in breach of a suspended prison sentence, and had a previous conviction for a similar matter.

Jonathan Webb, defending,told the court: “It is nothing more than forgetfulness and rank stupidity that brings Mr Davies back before the court today.

“He had put his good jeans on to come to court and had forgotten that the craft knife was in there.

“It was not a knife designed for hurting people, but never-the-less, a knife is a knife.”

Davies also pleaded guilty to an offence of using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour to cause fear of, or provoke violence, which occurred at 4.30pm outside a Haverfordwest pub on November 10.

Miss Vaughan told the court it was relevant that Davies’ sister, who was also involved in the altercation with another man who appeared in court on Tuesday, had stated: “Don’t worry, we will stab him up later.”

Mr Webb said: “She said it not him. It was some five months ago.”

“It would have been an unpleasant incident on a Saturday afternoon.”

Magistrates sentenced Davies to a total of 42 weeks in prison.

He was ordered to pay £200 in costs and a surcharge.

A destruction order was made for the knife by magistrates.