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A Derby criminal’s “appalling” list of previous convictions has come back to haunt him once more when he was this week jailed again for having a knife in the waistband of his trousers. Marlon Donaldson wiped tears from his eyes and said “I love you” to his partner of eight years in the public gallery at Derby Crown Court as his defence solicitor’s plea for his client’s prison term to be suspended fell on deaf ears.
Prosecutor David Eager told the 31-year-old’s sentencing hearing how police stopped the defendant as he cycled down Monk Street on May 18 of this year. The kitchen knife was found in the waistband of Donaldson’s trousers.
And with a raft of previous offences to his name, including two for wounding and others for carrying knives, Recorder Patrick Upward said he had no other alternative than to send Donaldson immediately into custody. Jailing him for eight months, he said: “You have an appalling record for violence.
“You have injured people and you have been injured by a knife yourself and the unfortunate fact is that if you take a knife out, even with no intention of harming anyone with it, the fact you have it can lead to someone getting seriously hurt. It has happened to you and you still carry a knife.
“You have previous convictions for carrying a knife and your position is made worse by your previous convictions.”
In May 2018, Donaldson, of Faire Street, was jailed for nine months after running from the police when they tried to stop him following an incident in Normanton Road.
A security guard at a local supermarket saw him drop a man bag as he fled and alerted the chasing officers who recovered it. They caught the defendant in Swinburne Street and, when they opened the bag he had dropped, discovered it contained a knife and some cannabis.
On that occasion, his hearing was told how Donaldson has previously been jailed for six years for wounding with intent and a further 20 months for a second wounding offence. This week, the defendant pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article.
Simon Stevens, his solicitor, told the hearing how despite his client’s previous convictions he has also given evidence in support of the prosecution at other hearings. He said: “He has a seven-year-old son who lives with him every weekend. He is gainfully employed doing construction work and in the public gallery is a young lady who he has been in a relationship with for eight years.
“On this occasion he made a foolish decision to take out a kitchen knife in the waistband of his trousers, for want of a better word, ‘a safety blanket’. Why does he take a knife out with him? Mr Donaldson was, some five years ago, significantly attacked and injured with a knife. He tries to stay out of trouble and he tries to stay out of Derby city centre but trouble comes looking for him sometimes.”
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