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MetiNews.Com - Simon Carroll, 39, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for a year at Manchester Crown Court
Breaking News ! A man has avoided jail after pulling a knife on the door staff of a club in the city centre when he was refused entry - after acting ‘erratically’. Simon Carroll, 39, was seen parking in the middle of Withy Grove in the Printworks, before walking up to the bouncers outside The Lounge. Appearing to be under the influence of drugs and seeming ‘quite out of it’, he was asked to move his car as it was blocking the road, so he did but returned five minutes later, Manchester Crown Court heard, Queueing to get into the club, bouncers told Carroll, of Cheetham Hill, that he wasn’t going to be coming in, telling him: “You seem pretty charged up, it seems like you have been partying”. Simon Carroll leaving court Carroll then approached the door staff and made ‘strange’ remarks such as: “I live in a house without heating” and “my daughter will never dance for you”, before calling them “f***ing rapists”. Tensions escalated to the point Carroll reached into his pocket and pulled out a lock knife, before being ‘tackled’ to the ground and the knife was taken away from him. Pleading guilty to possessing a blade and using threatening words or behaviour, Carroll was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for a year. Outlining the facts of the case, prosecutor David Bentley said that on January 13 2019 at around 4am, a doorman at The Lounge in the city centre had his attention drawn to Carroll. It was said that he had parked his car in the middle of Withy Grove and walked up to the entrance of the club. “The defendant was quite erratic, he was all over the place bouncing around,” Mr Bentley said. “Due to his demeanour it appeared to the doorman like Carroll was on drugs and he seemed quite out of it. “He was enquiring about coming into the club and colleagues on the door told the defendant that he needed to move his car as he was blocking the road. Simon Carroll leaving court (Image: Manchester Evening News) “He returned to his vehicle and drove it around the corner where he went out of sight.” The court heard that around 5 minutes later, Carroll returned on foot and joined the queue to gain entry into the club. Whilst checking other peoples ID, the doorman was watching Carroll because of what he had witnessed earlier in relation to his demeanour. He believed that due to Carroll’s behaviour, if he was to gain entry to the club he would cause trouble so it was decided between the door staff that he was going to be refused entry, it was said. Read More Related Articles Drunk man sparks mass evacuation from apartment block Read More Related Articles Boris unveils New Deal for Britain with a strategy of 'build build build' to bounce back from coronavirus A colleague who was also working on the door informed Carroll when he was at the front of the queue that he was not going to be coming in. When Carroll asked why, the doorman replied: “You seem quite charged up, it seems like you have been partying”. “The defendant moved out of the queue and started rambling on about 5 feet in front of the door staff,” Mr Bentley continued. “He was walking up and down within their vicinity and they tried to keep the conversation to a minimum because they didn't want to escalate the situation. Carroll left the two residents terrified, the court heard “Some of the things the male was saying were extremely strange such as ‘I live in a house without heating’ and ‘my daughter will never dance for you’.” “The defendant then called the door staff "f***ing rapists". “He started talking louder as time went on and he was still worked up. “The defendant was around 20 feet in front of the doorman when he put his hands into his coat pocket and pulled something out, but then dropped it on the floor. “Staff initially thought the item was a lighter then the defendant picked the item up immediately. “The doorman saw the item was metal because it had a shine to it and his colleague, who was stood in front of him, took a few steps back.
. “The other door supervisors then assisted in wrestling him to the ground where he was restrained by them. “Carroll had both fists clenched tightly and door staff then realised that he had the knife in his right hand.
Manchester Crown Court
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“He shouted "Let go of the knife, let go of the knife" and using both of his hands he pinned Carroll’s right hand to the floor, but was unable to get him to open his hand so that he could get the knife out. “Fearing for his safety and that of his colleague's and not wanting the defendant to get up in case he used the knife, the doorman took the club radio which was clipped to the rear of his jeans and used the radio to hit the defendant’s hand five or six times, which caused Carroll to open his hand and the knife fell to the floor.” The court heard that one of the bouncer’s took hold of the knife and called for urgent assistance. They restrained Carroll until the police arrived. The weapon recovered was a lock knife with a 5cm blade, it was said.
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Carroll was said to have 10 previous convictions for 17 offences, with the most recent conviction for burglary in 2019, to which he was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for two years. In mitigation, his lawyer Adam Brown stated that due to the fact these offences were committed before the burglary in 2019, and the fact he has not offended since, the Judge could be persuaded to suspend the prison sentence. “If his liberty is taken now, the support that is already there with the probation service, it will undermine all the good work that has been done,” Mr Brown said. “That period was a bit of a blip in respect of his mental health. “He is still subject to the suspended sentence and the rehabilitation activity requirements - if there are issues arising then he can be directed to them.”
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Sentencing him, Judge Elizabeth Nicholls said: “Staff saw you behaving erratically and were concerned by your behaviour. “When they refused your entry to the club because they were concerned, they saw you take something from your pocket which transpired to be a lock knife. “You were tackled by the door staff and they took possession of the knife so it was not used in the general circulation. “You know knife crimes are regarded as very serious by the court - possession of a knife is a deep and real concern to the public. “Whatever you think your intention was, why-ever you had that in your hand either for protection or what, the fact there is a knife in public, the consequences can be fatal. “There is fear - and that’s why it’s such a serious offence. “Whilst this offence crosses the custodial threshold - I do believe I can suspend it. “There is the fact that you have since received a suspended sentence which postdates this offence, you have complied with it and the probation service. “There was a passage of time between the offence was committed and the date you were charged - October of last year. “Taking all of this into account, I believe it would be unwise, inappropriate, unfair and wrong to make the sentence immediate. “There are mental health issues in the background and you do have a support network in place. Carroll, of Thackeray Close, was also ordered to complete a Thinking Skills programme, 15 days of rehabilitation activity requirements and 40 hours unpaid work.
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