Dad found with hidden blade at airport

A CARELESS dad caused a security scare at Gladstone Airport when a screening of his wallet revealed a bogus credit card with a hidden blade.

David Uncle, a father of five, was no secret agent or man on a mission, nor was he flying that day - he was only there to see off a daughter.

Uncle, 37, pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to unlawful possession of a weapon at the airport on May 13.

Prosecutor Sgt Merrilyn Hoskins said police were called to the airport when the knife was detected by a security screening.

She said it was seized and Uncle had apologised, saying he had made a stupid mistake and forgot having the credit card knife.

Defence lawyer Cassandra Ditchfield said Uncle cared for four stepchildren and his own following the death of his wife

"It was one of those incidents that could simply happen to anyone," she said.

"It was not for personal protection. It would be useless in that regard. He simply forgot.

"There was no disruption to flights as a result of this."

Magistrate Penelope Hay noted that Uncle was cooperative with police and had no criminal history.

She found there had been no ill intent by him and accepted it had purely been an oversight, with Uncle forgetting he was carrying it in his wallet.

She said Uncle was not a risk.

Ms Hay placed him on a good behaviour bond for six months on his own recognisance of $300. No conviction was recorded.



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