Newport machete cyclist gets suspended prison sentence

South Wales Argus: SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Jed Merry taped a machete to his bicycle SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Jed Merry taped a machete to his bicycle

A CYCLIST arrested after a machete he had Sellotaped to his bike fell off in front of police was given a suspended prison sentence yesterday.

Jed Merry, 41, of Williams Close, Pill, Newport, was sentenced to ten weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months at Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court after previously pleading guilty to unlawfully possessing the bladed article, which measured around 18 inches.

The Argus previously reported how Merry originally told police it was a bread knife but then said in a police interview that he had taken the item from his girlfriend’s house to cut his weeds.

Prosecuting, Rob Simkins said two police officers saw Merry riding down Stow Hill at “excessive” speed on a bicycle at around 11.20pm on September 29.

As Merry was riding, the officers heard something fall to the floor making a clanging noise and thought it was his bike chain.

Merry told them it was a bread knife but police sawit was a machete and arrested the defendant.

The court heard that at the time of the offence Merry, who has 18 previous convictions for 21 offences, was in breach of a six month conditional discharge imposed in June for being drunk and disorderly.

Representing Merry, Paul Philpott, previously told magistrates that Merry had been looking for some tools to cut the weeds and after going to his girlfriend’s house to pick up some mail, he saw the machete.

He said that usually being in possession of a machete for the purpose of cutting weeds is a good reason.

He said Merry was pleading guilty on the basis that because the machete was Sellotaped to the front of his bicycle leading to it falling off and because Merry was under the influence of alcohol at the time, he accepted he had no good reason for the possession.

Merry was also sentenced to a 12-month supervision requirement and ordered to pay £300 costs.

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3:41pm Sat 17 Nov 12

jimmysmith says...

a ten week suspended sentence .i bet hes laughing his head of . no wonder this country is fast becoming the toilet of europe ,the home secretary should intervene here and give this moron two years , the next time hes going to kill some one with his machete
a ten week suspended sentence .i bet hes laughing his head of . no wonder this country is fast becoming the toilet of europe ,the home secretary should intervene here and give this moron two years , the next time hes going to kill some one with his machete jimmysmith
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9:31pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Riley2012 says...

The law in UK is a joke, but drive a bit over the speed limit, LOOK OUT?????
The law in UK is a joke, but drive a bit over the speed limit, LOOK OUT????? Riley2012
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8:15am Mon 19 Nov 12

Llanmartinangel says...

jimmysmith wrote:
a ten week suspended sentence .i bet hes laughing his head of . no wonder this country is fast becoming the toilet of europe ,the home secretary should intervene here and give this moron two years , the next time hes going to kill some one with his machete
If the Home Secretary can't remove a know terrorist to Jordan I doubt she has that much power. We have to wait for him to kill or seriously injure and THEN do something. That's how it's done in the UK. He only has 18 previous convictions. Hardly makes him a career criminal. Well, it does to us but not if you're a magistrate apparently.
[quote][p][bold]jimmysmith[/bold] wrote: a ten week suspended sentence .i bet hes laughing his head of . no wonder this country is fast becoming the toilet of europe ,the home secretary should intervene here and give this moron two years , the next time hes going to kill some one with his machete[/p][/quote]If the Home Secretary can't remove a know terrorist to Jordan I doubt she has that much power. We have to wait for him to kill or seriously injure and THEN do something. That's how it's done in the UK. He only has 18 previous convictions. Hardly makes him a career criminal. Well, it does to us but not if you're a magistrate apparently. Llanmartinangel
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12:46pm Mon 19 Nov 12

rhinestine says...

Just make a big hole in the ground and dump these kind in it!! feed them bread and water 3 times a day and give them 20 lashes with the birch every day for 6 months.

simple.....
Just make a big hole in the ground and dump these kind in it!! feed them bread and water 3 times a day and give them 20 lashes with the birch every day for 6 months. simple..... rhinestine
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