A fisherman was surprised to find his credit card knife was a Category M weapon.
A fisherman was surprised to find his credit card knife was a Category M weapon. Frances Klein

Credit card knife lands fisherman in hot water

AN UNSUSPECTING Gympie man may have been relieved to find his wallet at the Gympie Police Station last month, but police officers had made their own weapons find that landed him in court.

Stephen Mark Brennan appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court today, pleading guilty to possessing a concealed credit card knife that a man had given to him as a gift.

The wallet was handed in to police after Brennan lost it at Goldfields Plaza.

Police then discovered the Category M weapon in Brennan’s wallet when they were searching for identification.

Brennan, representing himself, told the court he didn’t know it was illegal to carry a credit card knife, and had intended to only use it for fishing.

“I honestly thought it was just a novelty knife,” he said.

“It was going straight in the tackle box.”

He said he had cooperated with police and given them the name and address of the man who had given him the credit card knife.

Magistrate M. Baldwin fined Brennan $300.

Gympie Times


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