Magistrates have spared a Watford man jail after he admitted having a lock-knife in public and stealing a watch worth £1,210.

Pietro Aru, of Rickmansworth Road, appeared at St Albans Magistrates' Court today, May 16, for sentencing over possession of a knife in a public place, possession of class A and B drugs, and theft from a person.

The 42-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to stealing a Fossil watch worth £1,210, clothes and a man bag in Watford on June 13 last year, as well as having a lock knife on him in the town on July 21.

He also admitted to possessing 36 grams of cannabis in Watford on March 3 last year and four wraps of cocaine in Hemel Hempstead on November 20, 2023.

Aru was handed a community order which requires him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and a six-month drug rehabilitation programme.

The court also ordered for the drugs and knife to be forfeited and destroyed.

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