Didn’t know knife was an of­fence

The Queensland Times - - News - ROSS IRBY ross.irby@qt.com.au

JAY-DEE Richard­son was spot­ted in the mid­dle of the night at a pub­lic phone box.

So curious Ip­swich po­lice of­fi­cers dropped by for a 2.30am chat – Richard­son say­ing he was tex­ting his mum.

When ques­tioned, Richard­son, 35, a tree lop­per, told of­fi­cers he had a knife on him, in­tended to fight off any thieves, Ip­swich Mag­is­trates Court heard.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Sergeant Paul Caldwell said of­fi­cers had been on pa­trol through Jacaranda St and saw a male at the pub­lic phone box.

“He says he was vis­it­ing a fe­male and de­cided to go to the phone box to text his mother as his mo­bile phone had ran out of credit,” Sgt Caldwell said.

“The knife, a small 4cm bladed, could be ex­tended and he says it was a rope knife.

‘‘ HE SAYS IT WAS EARLY MORN­ING AND DIDN’T WANT TO GET ROLLED IF CON­FRONTED BY A THIEF

PO­LICE PROSE­CU­TOR SERGEANT PAUL CALDWELL

“He says it was early morn­ing and didn’t want to get rolled if con­fronted by a thief and would fight back as he had been rolled be­fore and never know who you would meet.”

Richard­son told po­lice he did not know that to have a knife in pub­lic was an of­fence.

Jay-Dee Clay­ton Richard­son, from East Ip­swich, pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of a knife in a pub­lic place at 2.30am on June 4.

He told mag­is­trate Andy Crid­land that it was a work knife he used as a tree lop­per.

Mr Crid­land ex­pressed con­cern at the rea­son stated by Richard­son for car­ry­ing the knife.

And warned Richard­son that peo­ple do come be­fore the court on very se­ri­ous of­fences where some­one was car­ry­ing a knife and used it.

Richard­son was fined $300 – sent to SPER, the knife seized.

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