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Police seize brutal knuckle dusters and ice stash

Jamie Stenzel. Photo Facebook
Jamie Stenzel. Photo Facebook

TEENAGER Jamie Eric Stenzel didn't think police would take a peep under his mat and find a brutal knuckle dusters and ice stash.

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said police stopped Stenzel's car at Tannum Sands at 9pm on January 7 and found a pair of knuckle dusters under a floor mat.

Along with the illegal weapon police also seized 0.7grams of ice (methylamphetamine) in three clip seal bags and a glass pipe for drug use.

Despite the stash being hidden under the car mat, Stenzel told police he did not know the knuckle dusters were illegal and were only a car ornament.

But in court his lawyer said Stenzel instructed that the weapon had been given to him and he left it in the car.

Stenzel, 18, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to unlawful possession of weapons; possession of the drug ice and drug utensils at Tannum Sands on January 7.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said some of his claims including the knuckle dusters being an ornament were "clearly lies".

"Why would you be hiding them under the floor mat of your car," she said.

"If ornaments then why not have them on display."

Although he had prior offences for public nuisance, drugs, trespass, Ms Hay said Stenzel had no weapons offences until now.

Ms Hay queried as to why Stenzel would choose to waste so much of his youth by offending and having to appear before the courts, in police interviews, and having his life governed by government departments.

She said he had wasted opportunities available in Gladstone in recent years to engage an apprenticeship when there had been plenty of opportunities but now circumstances in the city had changed.

"So now you find yourself without skills," she said.

Stenzel received six months jail for his offending but was released on supervised parole. He will be subject to drug rehabilitation and drug tests.

Stenzel made brief mention that he was starting a job and Ms Hay wished him well, saying it was a good step to take.

She told him to embrace the opportunity and keep away from people who were bad influences.

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