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Man jailed for possession of sword, Woolwich

News   •   Jan 04, 2018 11:16 GMT

[Nathan Boyce]

A man who armed himself with a sword in Woolwich has been jailed for over three years.

Nathan Boyce, 18 (03.05.99), of Argyle Road, SE18 was found guilty of possession of an offensive weapon and breach of a criminal behaviour order on Wednesday, 3 January at Woolwich Crown Court.

The court heard how on Thursday, 24 August 2017, officers from the Greenwich Borough Gangs Unit were called to a man acting suspiciously in the Leda Road area in Woolwich.

Boyce was found attempting to disguise himself with a ski mask - he was in breach of a criminal behaviour order relating to a separate knife offence in 2016.

CCTV footage in the area later showed Boyce in possession of a sword which he stuck in the ground behind a tree minutes after he realised that the officers closing in on him.

He was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon and breach of a criminal behaviour order.

DNA evidence also linked Boyce to the sword.

The following day, Boyce was charged and remanded in custody to await trial.

On Tuesday 2 January, Boyce pleaded not guilty at Woolwich Crown Court but was found guilty the following day. He was sentenced to the following:

- Three years’ imprisonment for possession of an offensive weapon.
- Six months’ imprisonment, to run consecutively, for breach of a previous suspended sentence relating to possession of a knife.
- Three months’ imprisonment, to run concurrently, for three counts of breaching a criminal behaviour order.

Boyce was also issued a new criminal behaviour order for a period of five years.

Detective Constable Martin Langley from the Greenwich Gangs Unit said: "Knife crime devastates the lives of victims, their families and the communities of London.

"Nathan Boyce was armed with a sword in a residential estate and, if used, it could have had catastrophic consequences.

"The Greenwich Gangs Unit, and the Metropolitan Police as a whole, will put themselves in between the community and those who wish to cause harm.

"I urge members of the public to report knife carriers to police or anonymously via Crimestoppers - you will almost certainly save a life"

"We will not tolerate it, and we will take robust action against those who choose to possess any knife."