Man using his tortoises as an alibi back in court on knife charges

A MAN who claimed he was carrying a knife in public to prepare food for his pet tortoise has appeared in court.

David Spedding, 56, was spotted with the steak knife in the Castle pub, in Blackpool, Lancs, on May 27.

 Spedding's tortoises at Blackpool illuminations

But when he was arrested and charged with possession of a bladed article, Spedding, of Bamber Bridge, Lancs, produced his pet tortoises – JR and Lola- and claimed he carried the knife to chop vegetables for them to eat.

He even produced the pets – who travel everywhere with him – as character witnesses when he appeared at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court last month.

Spedding was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court where he entered a plea of not guilty.

A trial date was set for March 5 next year when the court heard Spedding is keen to show his photos and videos of his pets to the jury.

 At home on Spedding's shoulders and inflatable T-rex
 Taking a dip in a pool like their turtle cousins
 Hanging out on the deck with a friendly iguana
 Tortoise love . . . JR and Lola paying their respects after the bombing in Manchester

Outside court, he said: “They go everywhere with me. I didn’t want security to take them so I’ve left them with a carer but they will be along soon.

I’ve come here on my birthday.”


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