A man who flouted a suspended sentence he received for a racist attack on a father and son has been sent to prison for 15 months.
Preston Sessions House court heard Shaun Wilkinson, of no fixed abode, had been spotted loitering in a garden on Arnold Close, Preston, by a woman who lived there on an evening in December 2013.
The same night, the father-of-three was seen by an off duty police officer scaling a fence and climbing into a garden on Stuart Road, Ribbleton.
However he told officers his weak bladder was to blame for him being in the gardens.
Prosecuting, Richard Archer said: “ The officer pursued him into the garden.
“The defendant said he was in Stuart Road because he needed to urinate.
“He was found in possession of a lock knife and said he had been using it to trim the plastic edges of a friend’s grave and had forgotten to take it out of his pocket.
“He said he hadn’t seen anyone in the houses and was there due to his ‘weak bladder’.
Last year Wilkinson assaulted a man and his teenage son with a paving slab as they walked to a mosque.
The court heard the 26-year-old was drug dependent and homeless.
Recorder Mark Ainsworth, said: “ You came before me in December last year for two racially aggravated assaults and possession of a weapon, albeit a paving slab.
“It was by the skin of your teeth that you that you were made subject of a suspended sentence order then.
“You will understand the concern in the community about people who take knives out with them. It may be that they remain in a pocket most of the time, but when and if they are taken out real injury can be caused.”