Missing Shanklin man had knife and imitation gun with him on Brading Down

The types of knife and imitation firearm Andrew Gatcum had in his possession. File photos. <i>(Image: Isle of Wight County Press)</i>
The types of knife and imitation firearm Andrew Gatcum had in his possession. File photos. (Image: Isle of Wight County Press)

MAGISTRATES on the Isle of Wight have ordered a report on a Shanklin man found on Brading Down with a claw-like knife and imitation handgun, after he had been reported as a missing person to the police.

Andrew Gatcum admitted possessing an imitation firearm, namely an Airsoft replica gun, possessing a knife, namely a Karambit-style knife, in a public place, and possessing an offensive weapon, the same type of blade, in a private place, on January 5.

Police received a report Gatcum was a missing person and discovered him sitting in his car alone, parked at a viewpoint on Brading Down at 7.35pm.

Gatcum, 43, was in distress, but pointed to the footwell to alert officers he had a knife, with a very curved blade.

He told them there was an imitation handgun in his glovebox, said Ann Smout, prosecuting, at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court today (Tuesday).

The firearm was not loaded. Officers seized both weapons and arrested Gatcum.

While he was held in custody, police searched Gatcum's home in St John's Road and found another Karambit knife.

Gatcum told the police he had no intention of harming anyone and said he had wasted police time, added Mrs Smout, who described the case as "very sad".

For Gatcum, Michael McGoldrick said it was "a very tragic incident" which would see his client — and the court — benefit from a probation report, so the case was adjourned for sentencing on February 24.