BY SHUJAUL AZAM
A man who armed himself with a sword in Woolwich has been jailed for more than three years.
Nathan Boyce, 18, of Argyll Road, Woolwich, was found guilty of possession of an offensive weapon and breach of a criminal behaviour order on Wednesday, January 3 at Woolwich Crown Court.
The court heard how on Thursday, August 24 last year 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 were 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, January 2 Boyce pleaded not guilty at Woolwich Crown Court but was found guilty the following day. He was sentenced to 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 and 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.”