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PremierLeague-News.Com- Stephen Hastie told court he 'needed help there and then'
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A man in 'turmoil' who admitting carrying a steak knife as he took a social worker's phone insists his actions were a plea for help. Stephen Hastie stood accused of robbing the phone after holding the knife at the social worker's cheek, having made his way into the home of her vulnerable client. But the 33-year-old insisted he was only carrying the knife to harm himself. After a trial at Stockport's Nightingale Crown Court, he was found not guilty of robbery. The court heard that Hastie, of Cartmel Walk, Middleton, entered the vulnerable person's home at around 4.30pm on January 6, 2020. Believing it may be someone they knew, the person went to answer before allegedly being threatened by Hastie, who was carrying a steak knife. Read More Related Articles 'Big Ste' completely changed his life after a shocking realisation... he's not so big these days Read More Related Articles The second-hand car buyer who thought he was going to Liverpool to get an Audi - but was instead lured to his 'merciless' death Prosecuting, Simon Blakebrough said Hastie then pointed the knife towards the social worker's cheek as he took her work phone and placed it in his pocket, before later giving it back to her. The court heard that the social worker told Hastie she was 'there to help' her client, to which Hastie replied: "I need help, I need someone to talk to." Defending, Adam Roxborough insisted these words were 'plain and simple' and urged the jury to pay attention to a custody record following his client's arrest, which described Hastie as being of 'a high risk of suicide'. He added: "This was a man in turmoil. His thoughts were not ordered, or rational, or sensible. He did not do an ordered, rational or sensible thing. "Was he in there as a robber? Was he in there to steal anything? "He could have taken anything, anything at all - but he did not.
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. He later admitted pointing the knife towards the social worker and taking her phone, but insisted he never intended to keep it. While summing up the case, Judge Sophie McKone read evidence from Hastie, as he tried to explain his mental state at the time of the incident. Hastie said: "The knife was for me, it was not to threaten anyone else. "I needed help there and then, not later. "I didn't lie to the police, I was in a bad place. I had just come out of the hospital for self-harming, my head was not all there."
Before being sent out to consider its verdict by Judge McKone, Mr Roxborough admitted the case 'might not sit well' with the jury. He said: "Unquestionably what Mr Hastie did was frightening, unpleasant and wrong. He accepts that. "The reality is that you can't dismiss the suggestion that this was a cry for help - because that's what it was. "That's what [the social worker] believes it is. That was her evidence - a man at the end of his tether who wanted help. "I submit that whatever this was, this was not a robbery." But Mr Blakebrough insisted that Hastie's version of events simply did not add up, and that there could 'only be one conclusion' of a guilty verdict. He said: "If the defendant was looking for help when he first came in, why did he not ask for it? "If he was looking for help why didn't he look for it elsewhere? How was he going to get help realistically from a vulnerable adult's flat? "Why did he not call the police? Why did he not call medical services? His family? Why did he not go somewhere else?" Jurors retired to consider their verdict on Wednesday afternoon (April 7) before returning a unanimous not guilty verdict.
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