Homeless woman fined over knife possession in Skegness

News from the courts. ANL-170320-091850001
News from the courts. ANL-170320-091850001

A homeless woman, who lives one week in a caravan and the next in a tent as she cannot afford to live all the time in the caravan, was found in possession of a Stanley knife, a court has heard.

Lisa Hartshorn, 29, who lives rough with her partner in Skegness, admitted possessing a bladed article, when she appeared before magistrates in Boston.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said police were called to a domestic incident between the two at Coral Beach on Roman Bank on July 4.

He said that at one stage she approached the car while they were talking to her partner and was arrested.

Before Miss Hartshorn was placed in the police car, she was asked if she had anything on her she shouldn’t have, and she produced the Stanley knife.

She told the officers her partner had put it in her handbag and that the knife was used for cutting lines when they were using the tent to live in.

Mitigating, Helen Coney said the couple were spending alternate weeks in the caravan and the tent because they couldn’t afford to rent the caravan all the time.

She said the knife was being used legitimately and if they had been living in the tent at the time the police were called, then it would have been all right, but they were living in the caravan at the time and the knife could have been left inside.

“Her partner had put it into her bag,” said Ms Coney. “It was not on display nor was it used for threats.”

She said Miss Hartshorn was still of no fixed address but she and her partner were looking for accommodation.

The magistrates told her they would impose the minimum they could, and fined her £80 with a £20 victim surcharge.