CARRYING a rock in a sock for protection is not acceptable behaviour, a Camborne homeless man was told by magistrates.
At Truro Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, Steven Forster, 32, of no formal abode, admitted possessing the offensive weapon – a large rock in two socks – on January 8.
Anita Kennett, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Forster was stopped by a police officer in the service lane linking Trelowarren Street and Moor Street and asked if he had anything on him.
He handed the homemade weapon to the officer and said he was living on the streets and used it for protection.
Elliott Moore, defending, said Forster had been threatened twice in the weeks before the offence and that was why he felt he needed protection.
Sentencing Forster to an 18-month conditional discharge, chairman of the bench, Tony Woodhams said: “It cannot be tolerated that you can walk around with a rock in a sock.”
Forster was ordered to pay £20 towards prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Mr Woodhams also ordered the destruction of the rock and the socks.