A man walked into the West Midlands Police headquarters carrying a knife after downing five cans of lager.
Wayne Collier was ‘quite drunk’ and picked up the blade from his kitchen because he thought people were ‘after him’. The 44-year-old from Erdington then hopped on a bus and dialled 999 telling the operator he was carrying the blade because he was ‘in trouble’.
The call-handler immediately told him to put the weapon in a safe place, so he got off in the city centre and walked into Lloyd House to hand it over to staff.
Collier, of George Road, pleaded guilty to possessing a knife in public at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, June 8.
Prosecutor Karen Cockitt revealed he was a ‘third striker’ for carrying blades due to two similar previous convictions meaning a minimum six-month prison sentence had to be passed. He was duly handcuffed and led down to the cells.
The events unfolded from around 4.30pm on Monday, May 24. Ian Gold, defending, described Collier as a ‘troubled young man with many difficulties’ explaining that he was suffering from paranoia on the day.
He said: “He ought not to be drinking when taking his medication but on this occasion he had drunk. He was hearing voices.
“He drank five cans of ordinary lager. He was quite drunk. He picked up the knife from the kitchen and went onto the street imagining there were people who were after him. There was no immediate threat to him.
“But in his mind at the time given the state he was in, he was becoming worked up.”
Mr Gold added: “He dialled 999 and spoke to the operator. He said: ‘I’m out on the street. I have a knife. I’m going to be in trouble’. The operator said: ‘you need to put the knife in a safe place’.
“By this time he was on a bus. He got off the bus in the city centre and went into Lloyd House. He handed over the knife. It’s inexcusable. He tried to make the best of the situation when he realised the trouble he was in. He was noisy at the police station but he didn’t give them any difficulty.
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“He was full of apology. He acknowledged he shouldn’t have been drinking with his medication and he acknowledged he had been extremely foolish. He expressed remorse.”
Confirming the six-month prison term the Chair of the Bench said: “This offence is so serious only a custodial sentence can be justified.”