Hot tip: You really shouldn't take a knife to court
TWO Mackay region residents have discovered first-hand the consequences of carrying knives in Queensland.
Even if they're probably just used to open letters or slice fruit.
In separate cases, Leslie Michael Carter and Kayleen Nicole Lorna Bell faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, charged with weapon offences.
Carter, 50, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon category A, B or M at Walkerston on June 4 this year.
He was caught by police with a spring loaded knife while he was pulled over speaking to a person by the side of the road in Walkerston, according to prosecutor Sheena Hayes.
"Due to the location, the intelligence received in relation to occurrences in that area at that time of night and the circumstances of the vehicles, police have detained the defendant to search him and his vehicle," she said.
"They've located in the centre dash ... a black handled spring loaded knife. There was a double edged, dagger blade which is released from being concealed in the handle by applying pressure to a button."
Carter's defence solicitor Victoria Meechan said the knife was used similar to a letter opener and general tool, like a Swiss Army Knife.
Magistrate Damien Dwyer fined Carter $600 and a conviction was recorded.
The knife was officially forfeited to the Crown.
Later in the day, Bell, 40, pleaded guilty to possession of a knife in public - namely Mackay Courthouse- on June 2 this year.
Ms Hayes said that knife was detected by security when Bell attempted to pass through the local court's fixed metal detectors.
"When placing her car keys into the security scanners, staff have observed a small black colour folding knife, in the shape of a key," Ms Hayes said.
"Staff have seized that knife and taken up with police. She later stated her partner used it to cut fruit to eat.
"The defendant stated she knew the knife was attached to the car keys, however, was not aware it's an offence to carry a knife in public without a reasonable excuse."
Mr Dwyer fined Bell $300. No conviction was recorded.