A CHEF who took his large kitchen knife into a nightclub in Woolacombe has been ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work.
Rocky Parkin, of South Street, Woolacombe, pleaded guilty to possession of a knife in public at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
The court heard how Parkin was discovered by police on his hands and knees in Mill Street with a knife on the floor next to him in the early hours of September 14.
Simon Jarvis, for the defence, said the kitchen knife had a blade of around six or seven inches.
When police asked Parkin whose knife it was, he replied “mine, I am a chef.”
The police then asked Parkin where his chef whites were, and arrested him, after he made a comment that the knife was for defence, as he had people “after him.”
Tony Dart, for the defence, told the court that his client thought that the police were joking, which was why he made that comment.
“He didn’t help himself by making that joke.
“It was a daft thing he said, he was worse for wear after having a couple of drinks and was in a joking mood.”
Dart said, his client, who has been a qualified chef since 2007, had been helping a friend out in a kitchen on that night and had taken his own knife to use.
“He had a few drinks after work in a beer garden and then went into Mariscos to catch up with a friend.
“He simply forgot he had the knife with him”.
Presiding Magistrate Paul Cooper said that Parkin had put himself at risk of going to prison but said they had taken into account that he had no intention of using the knife.
Parkin was ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12 month community order.
He was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.