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Darwen knifeman told police: 'I've had 40 cans, but I'm not drunk'
6:00pm Friday 29th June 2012 in Darwen
A KNIFEMAN was arrested after drinking 40 cans of lager – although he claimed he wasn’t totally drunk.
However, the 21-year-old from Darwen said he had drunk so much that he could not remember much about what he had been doing.
Blackburn magistrates heard that Matthew Warren claimed that despite his incredible binge, on a ‘drunkenness scale’ of one to 10 he put himself at only an eight.
Warren, of Ivinson Road, Darwen, pleaded guilty to possessing a knife in a public place. He was remanded on bail pending the preparation of a pre-sentence report.
Julie Reddish, prosecuting, said police were called to a group of men outside the defendant’s home in the early hours.
A neighbour had seen Warren go into his house and return carrying the knife.
Warren handed the weapon over to police and when he was interviewed later, said he had drunk 40 cans of lager since 3pm the previous day.
He added that he couldn’t remember much about the incident.
Helen Oates, defending, said that while Warren had no recollection, it was clear the knife had not been used in any way.
“He tends to binge drink at the weekends and that is what had happened prior to this incident,” said Miss Oates.