Face of man who brandished sword in Nottingham shopping area

By Rebecca Sherdley

This is the police mugshot of Jason Rowley who was jailed after he brandished a sword following a scuffle with a man who attacked him.

Jason Rowley was sentenced yesterday (Tuesday, September 7) for possessing a bladed article in a public place - the sword - after he pleaded guilty before Nottingham Magistrates' Court on March 4 this year.

He was locked up after he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court where he was given a 12-month term, of which he will serve half and the remainder on licence, with supervision from the probation service for 12 months.

Judge Mark Watson told Rowley, 41, of Willersley Drive, The Meadows, the carrying of knives is a very serious offence.

"Knives on the streets, they are used often in the blink of an eye to cause very serious injury and, at times, much worse than that. I accept you were not carrying this knife habitually on your person".

On September 6 last year there was a scuffle outside Co-op in the Bridgeway Centre, The Meadows, with another man.

Rowley had been kicked as he carried a crate of beer. He dropped the beer, left and returned a few minutes later shouting, "I will kill you".

The man who had kicked him retreated with members of the public to The Poet's Corner Pub, also at the Bridgeway, while Rowley waved the sword around for two minutes before going to nearby flats.

The judge said whatever happened between him and this man, "I accept what you say, you had been on the receiving end of some attack".

"Your reaction was to emerge from your address as the aggressor. The incident could have finished with the punch you threw at him, then walking off. But as Mr Gosnell (Rowley's barrister) says you were someone prone to over reaction".

Nottingham Crown Court heard that police were given a description of Rowley before searching the area.

He was found in a courtyard where he was agitated and speaking over them and he made an effort to run away to his flat.

Police were concerned he might try to obtain a weapon at the flat, said Stefan Fox, prosecuting.

Rowley was arrested and taken to the Bridewell custody suite where he made "no comment" answers to questions.

A search found the wooden-handled sword with a wooden sheath in a cupboard and "it's plain that was the item he had in his possession and was brandishing outside the Bridgeway Centre," added Mr Fox.

As well as Rowley's picture, Nottinghamshire Police also released a statement today.

Inspector Karl Thomas, district commander for The Meadows, said: “This was a frightening incident in which Rowley wielded a potentially lethal weapon in public. Fortunately nobody was injured but the consequences of this incident could have been far worse for both Rowley and his intended victim.

“I am pleased he has now been punished and hope that yesterday's sentencing sends out a very clear message to others – that if you bring a weapon like this onto our streets you will face some very serious consequences. Also, recent changes in the law actually make it illegal to even keep a weapon like this at home.”


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