Knuckleduster leads to court

"OBVIOUSLY I do not believe you," Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told a defendant in Gympie Magistrates Court this week when he denied he knew the other people outside an Ashford Rd residence where police found a brass knucklebuster during a pat down.

The court heard detectives were at the residence on another matter and the resident told police Walter Robert Wintle, 35, of Bent St, Gympie, threatened to "bash her partner" and frightening a child so much, it was quivering under a blanket.

When Mrs Baldwin asked Wintle what really went on, he said he was at the address to check out a slab at the back of the house.

"When I rocked up there, the cops were everywhere," he said.

"You honestly expect me to believe that. You happen to have a weapon and a child is hysterical," Mrs Baldwo in asked.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said the knucklebuster was under the category M weapon and possessing one attracted up to two years jail.

Wintle pleaded guilty to the December 12 offence and was placed on a bond to be of good behaviour for 12 months with a recognizance of $800, the weapon was forfeited.

When asked if he understood the sentence, Wintle replied "I do not have to pay $800 unless I stuff up".

Gympie Times


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