Caution for possession of blade while entering Parliament
Sonn Macmillan Walker's client has been cautioned for possession of a bladed article found as he was searched trying to enter the Houses of Parliament
Our client was a tourist and graduate from Australia visiting London on a study trip. He became scared having seen news articles in the UK press about various stabbings close to where he was staying and he put a knife in his bag when he went out. The knife was found as our client tried to gain entry to the Houses of Parliament. He told police officers that he had it for his own protection and for self defence.
Alex Whitmore attended the police station. Having advised our client to give a full and detailed explanation to police she followed this up with representations to police that this was a quite exceptional set of circumstances. Notwithstanding the public policy and deterrent elements that went in favour of a prosecution, police were persuaded in these circumstances to offer our client a police caution, which was duly administered. He avoided conviction, punishment and possible deportation as a result.