Friday, March 23, 2012
A teenager has been jailed for bringing a knife to the party at Herbie Hide’s mansion where a man was fatally stabbed.
James Clough, 18, admitted being in possession of a four-inch kitchen knife at the party in Long Lane, Bawburgh, and was jailed for eight weeks by Norwich magistrates yesterday.
Twenty-five-year-old Tafadzwa Khan, from St Giles Street, Norwich, died after being stabbed at the party last Saturday night.
Clough, of Aspland Road, Thorpe Hamlet, pleaded guilty to possession of a knife in a public place, for which he has a previous conviction dating to 2010, and will serve his sentence in a young offenders institution.
Prosecutor Gary Mayle told the court that the offence had been uncovered “as part of an ongoing police investigation” and had been admitted in interview following the arrest and questioning of many of the guests at the party.
Dave Foulkes, mitigating for Clough, said his client had attended the party and “on the journey he had concealed about his person a kitchen knife of three-and-a-half or four inches.”
He said the knife had not been used to threaten anyone and there was “no suggestion [Clough] was involved in a group planning violence”.
“The offence would not have come to light other than by his own admission,” he added.
The offence put Clough in breach of a conditional discharge for common assault from November 2011.
Meanwhile, police investigations into the death of Mr Khan are continuing.
A 20-year-old man from Norwich has been released on police bail pending further inquiries, and a 16-year-old boy who was earlier arrested on suspicion of murder has also been bailed.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.