Personal trainer claimed ‘horrific’ knives were for cutting battle rope and physio tape – Teesside Live
A personal trainer who told police he had two knives for cutting battle rope and physio tape has avoided prison amid renewed hope for his future.
David Andrew Cameron, 40, had the 7cm and 9cm knives when he was stopped in his car and searched at 12.15pm on September 29 last year.
In police interview, he said he used the knives – described as “horrific implements” by a judge – in his business as a personal fitness trainer.
He said he used them for cutting battle rope, cutting physio tape and rope climbing, having been to the gym that morning.
Cameron, of Bedford Terrace, Billingham, denied two charges of having a bladed article but was found guilty by magistrates.
Since his arrest, he had served a custodial sentence for other offences and had been released, Teesside Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Rachel Masters said he had 20 offences on his record including a similar offence back in 1996, when he was 17.
Despite the previous offence being more than 20 years old, it meant he could face a minimum six-month prison sentence.
Kelleigh Lodge, defending, said Cameron had a “glowing” report from his probation officer who described him as polite and motivated.
He developed his business, worked as a volunteer, completed a diploma in peer mentoring and had an offer of a full-time job starting this month.
He had been released under a home detention curfew which runs until December.
Judge Deborah Sherwin said: “I don’t want him to get off scot free for having had two knives with him.”
But she decided it was unjust to jail Cameron for his second offence of blade possession, having already served a recent prison sentence.
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She said it appeared he had gone off the rails but “all the indications are that you are doing very well” since his release.
“I wouldn’t want to do anything that sets that at risk,” she told him.
Cameron received a seven-month jail term suspended for a year with 50 hours’ unpaid work.
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