An axe throwing enthusiast found guilty in his absence of having a flick knife has been remanded in custody.

Mark Quinn, 46, wasn’t present for his trial at Oxford Crown Court last week. Judge Michael Gledhill QC told the jury no one knew why Quinn, who faced allegations of possession of an offensive weapon and a knife, had not turned up to court.

The Abingdon man was found guilty of having an offensive weapon – a flick knife – but acquitted of the knife charge.

The axe and knife Mark Quinn was caught with Picture: CPS

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The court heard how police saw him walking through a communal car park off Southmoor Way, Abingdon, with the ‘throwing Tomahawk’ in his hand. He was searched and the flick knife found in his pocket.

Quinn claimed he’d been practising his axe throwing in a friend’s back garden when he realised he didn’t have keys to get in through the back door. He’d been walking round to get in the front door when he was arrested, he said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Quinn was back before Judge Gledhill after being arrested on warrant.

The judge remanded him into custody. He will be sentenced later this year on a date to be fixed.

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