A 20-year-old man was today reprimanded and discharged on a charge of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.
Michael Gabriel Bend of Crab Hill, St Lucy, admitted to having a flick knife on December 2, while on Enterprise Road, Christ Church, without lawful authority or a reasonable excuse.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Rudolph Burnett told the Oistins Magistrates’ Court, presided over by acting Magistrate Alliston Seale, that on the mentioned day police received information that Bend was involved in a verbal altercation with a lady along Enterprise Beach.
Lawmen responded and Bend was intercepted in the area.
While he was being searched, the knife was seen in his left hand.
When asked to account for the weapon in his possession, Bend did not give a satisfactory reason to the police and was arrested.
Addressing the court, the accused man said that he was eating a golden apple that morning when his aunt called him to go fetch water since they had not had water in the area for two days.
Bend explained that it was then that he had put the knife in his pocket and forgot about it.
However, the magistrate told Bend that walking around with a weapon was “a serious thing”.
“Because you are in a verbal altercation, the first thing that is going to happen is, you are going to reach for your knife [as] the knife will make you [feel] stronger,” Seale said.
“Don’t walk with a knife again, keep out of trouble and don’t come back,” the magistrate warned.