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Mother Gets Six-Week Curfew

Friday April 12 2013

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

A MOTHER who confiscated a knife from her son when she found out it was real rather than fake has been given a six-week curfew.

Emma Suzanne Cosgrove, 37, put the eight-inch lock knife in her bag and forgot about it, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Alyson Goldsmith, defending, said the knife had been given to Cosgrove's son, eight, as part of a camping set.

She did not remember it was still at the bottom of her bag when she was searched by police investigating something else.

Chantel Lowery Green, prosecuting, said police had stopped Cosgrove while she was in her car.

Cosgrove admitted possessing a knife in public and breaching a 12-month conditional discharge.

She was ordered to undergo 12 months of supervision and attend a programme to make her think more clearly.

She was also given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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Reply Posted by mark bedford on Friday April 12 2013 at 15:06
shes just a number needed to hit targets if you ask me, these type of charges make a mockary of the justice system.......and wwho does the VICTIM surcharge go to? only victim here is this poor mother who did something good and was punished for it. a spose she cpuld have always left her son to hurt himself. nice 1 justice system you rock!!!!

Reply Posted by stan on Friday April 12 2013 at 15:11
if every time someone is saying I forgot it was there I think there is a few porky's there

Reply Posted by Sall on Friday April 12 2013 at 15:17
Well said Stan. Clearly there's a reason she was stopped in the first place.

Reply Posted by AHR on Friday April 12 2013 at 17:12
Me thinks there's some sense in what you say Stan.

Reply Posted by Johnny on Friday April 12 2013 at 15:34
One of Barnsley's biggest shoplifter get there come just deserts!!!!

Reply Posted by king louis on Friday April 12 2013 at 15:56
Cosgrove admitted possessing a knife in public and breaching a "12-month conditional discharge"!... So she's not your normal every day woman who is stopped in their car for a traffic offence. It is not normal to have your bag searched. She must have been known

Reply Posted by Baz on Friday April 12 2013 at 15:57
I forgot it was there, like they never heard that before,

Reply Posted by angry on Friday April 12 2013 at 16:03
Wouldnt suprise me if it was just to make up numbers as I was stopped yesterday for little lights an my windscreeen washers for been red when I didnt know it was illegal and gt fined

Reply Posted by Grim on Friday April 12 2013 at 17:24
No such thing as making up the numbers. Stupidity is no excuse under the law is it?

Reply Posted by Katie on Friday April 12 2013 at 16:51
Obviously she was already known to police to get stopped/searched in the first place. Like you'd just 'forget' that you had an 8" knife in your bag....Jesus there's some right idiots!!!

Reply Posted by mark bedford on Friday April 12 2013 at 18:58
theres no such things as making up numbers? im not proud but iv had my brush with the law and seen the way the justice system works..... been sat in criminal courts full of petty criminals and drug addicts and sat thinkin to myself, if they filled this court with real criminals like drug dealers and serious criminals then maybe they might achieve something, its petty shit to make up numbers. since prisons bcame privatised petty criminals beacame ££££££ this shit is a waste of taxpayers money!!! innocent until proven guilty and theres no proof what i see that this woman is lieing, ive got a record as long as my arm bcos i dont lie im not gunna judge some1 with a criminal record its prejudice really

Reply Posted by maxine on Friday April 12 2013 at 21:34
In the first place why would you give your EIGHT year old a knife? Even for camping (yeah right). Secondly even if you did give him the knife you would certainly remember that you take it from him at the end of the camping... and thirdly, what kind of bag does she carry for her to forget it's in there?

Reply Posted by les on Friday April 12 2013 at 23:53
If i had 8" in a public place.id expect to be arrested

Reply Posted by Brian Hanson on Saturday April 13 2013 at 02:08
As the knife was at the bottom of her bag it was therefore 'out of sight' from other members of the public, so therefore the knife was not offending anyone. In my opinion the police have brought the charge of carrying an offensive weapon against this woman clearly out of prejudism because she was already known by the police for other past offences. As the women was not charged with threatening anyone with the knife I think Barnsley Majestrates should have dismissed the case.

Reply Posted by LV on Friday April 19 2013 at 22:21
Yea! lets ake it legal to carry knives - as long as they're out of sight! let people walk round with machetes if they want! just as long as no one can see it!!

The term offensive weapon is used to describe a weapon that can be used in an offense, such as an attack! It doesn't meaning it's offending someone in the same way and insult would!

Reply Posted by les on Saturday April 13 2013 at 08:51
The law with knives is you cannot carry a knife on your person at all with a blade exceeding 3"and then even at 3" it should be in a closed position or if a rigid blade should be sheathed anything that is longer should sheathed and on a belt....if you are caught with any knife.......any knife or blade and are caught by police or any civilian without good reason to carry that blade .........thy will be done. there is no person on this planet can justify giving a knife to any child and the only type of people who carry knives in a public place are people who intend to cause harm to someone else ....so giveup with the excuses

Reply Posted by Loo on Saturday April 13 2013 at 22:04
I got stopped at customs on way back from Spain they found a knife in my bag that I had put there earlier in day for cutting apples on beach. Had completely forgot it was there felt terrible. Luckily they just confiscated it. But it can happen ???

Reply Posted by LV on Friday April 19 2013 at 22:32
there's a fair difference between a domestic blade used, in your case for cutting apples, and an 8" lock knife though. She may well have forgot about it, but the fact it was a lock knife makes me think otherwise - especially that she says it was given to her 8-year-old son!!

Reply Posted by king louis on Monday April 15 2013 at 09:42
in this country we can be have a maximum of a 3 inch folding blade, no locking knife of any description and no sheath knife because it does not fold. On your way to and from a camping trip you can have reason for a sheath knife. To and from anywhere that you may use it legit is fine. All other times you commit an offence

Reply Posted by juie on Monday April 22 2013 at 14:53
iv just come from court with 18 year old son had lock knife in bag police stopped him found knife but he had been fishing in mornng and forgot in there solictor said plead guilty no way for what so back court 6 weeks time why should my get record for forgetting to take out of bag just because he weres a hoodie