Man found with multi tools and lock knives in his rucksack is jailed for eight weeks
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One of two men who hid multi tools and lock knives in their rucksacks and later breached their bail conditions has been jailed for eight weeks.
Janis Ciukors, 34, of no address, faced two charges of carrying a multi tool while Pitor Kalkowski, 42, of Glebe Close, Norwich, was charged with carrying a multi tool, lock knife and failing to surrender to police.
They were allegedly found with the items 'without good reason or lawful authority' at Stephenson Way, Thetford, on August 9.
The court was told that the defendants were carrying the tools in their rucksack as they use them to work.
The pair admitted all charges and breaching their bail conditions as they did not attend court on August 28.
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Crown prosecutor, Anna Crawford, told the court: 'Officers has been checking reports of burglaries and they stopped three males who matched the descriptions they had been given. They all smelt of alcohol, too.'
Defence solicitor, Rob New, however said: 'Pitor had found himself on hard times. He was the victim of a crime and his identification documents were taken.
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'He couldn't work or claim benefits because of the incident. He has since applied for two Visas but was told by the Polish Embassy that they aren't doing them anymore.
'He has over £1,000 in his bank account which he cannot access so he is currently borrowing from friends so he can go down to London to get a passport.
'He is trying to sort himself out. He's basically homeless so had nowhere else to put the tool. They were never on display or used as part of an offence. And I would like you to give him credit for his plea and good character.
'In terms of Ciukors, the tool was found in a bag and from what he says he forgot that it was in there.
'I think it was a case of being naive in thinking that it was ok to carry these items. Having recently found employment, he said the knife was used for his work - to cut carpet...
'I think a custodial sentence would set him back significantly.'
Ciukors was sentenced to eight weeks in custody. He must also pay a £115 victim surcharge and £50 in costs for the bail offence.
Chair of the bench, Vincent Marcantonio, told him: 'Clearly a suspended sentence has not worked before.'
Sentencing Kalkowski, Mr Marcantonio said: 'You are a person with good character and no previous convictions.'
He was given an eight-week custodial sentence, but suspended for a year. He must also complete 40 hours of unpaid work, pay a £115 victim surcharge and fine of £50 for the breach offence.