Exeter man took sword to psychiatric unit

A man who took a sword with him when he went to visit a friend at a psychiatric unit has been given a one-year suspended prison sentence.

David Elliott, 44, of Geneva Close, Exeter, admitted having the 37in weapon in a public place.

His sentence was suspended for two years and he was also ordered to undergo drug rehabilitation.

Exeter Crown Court heard Elliott was arrested by police officers who happened to be dropping off a patient.

He was seen carrying a "fearsome looking cavalry sword" near the Cedars Unit psychiatric facility at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on 19 January.

He set the weapon on a bench as he went to ring the doorbell and it was recovered by officers, the court heard.

Cavalry sabre

Elliott said he was drunk and going to visit a friend when he found the weapon.

Recorder Andrew Maitland told Elliott: "I accept you put the sword down on a bench a short distance from the door.

"It is not suggested you threatened anybody.

"One would have to be very worried about the purpose of someone who takes a weapon like that into the grounds of a hospital.

"The location makes this offence more serious."

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