A MAN who confronted police while he had a knife tucked into the waistband of his trousers has been warned to expect prison.

Phillip Smith was due to be sentenced at Teesside Crown Court but his lawyer asked for an adjournment so background reports and a letter from his doctor can be obtained.

Kelleigh Lodge told Judge Sean Morris that 28-year-old Smith was diagnosed with ADHD and schizophrenia two years ago.

Smith, of Easby Grove, Thornaby, near Stockton, Teesside, will return to court to be dealt with on May 15.

Judge Morris said: “If there is a background of mental health problems I am prepared to order a pre-sentence report on the strict understanding, as far as I can see, this is a custodial sentence.

“The only reason I am adjourning for a report is for your solicitors to get a letter from your GP confirming any medical issues you may have.

“You must understand anybody who takes a knife out to a situation in the street where the police are involved is going to go to prison because of the danger it creates. It will be up to the next judge whether there is a possibility of suspending it, but I can’t see it.”

Smith admitted possessing a bladed article in public and was found guilty of resisting a police officer.

The court that the incident happened outside of his home.