Dad’s nightstick in car lands son in court

A NIGHTSTICK landed Terry Ivor Wiles in court after he was stopped by police while driving his father's car.

Wiles told police and Gladstone Magistrates Court the nightstick had been originally purchased by his father to break windows at their family home in the event of a fire.

However, his father Ian Wiles, who attended court with his son, put the club into the family car for protection after allegedly receiving threats.

Wiles, 23, pleaded guilty to being in possession of a restricted item on May 18.

Prosecutor Snr Sgt Mark Gorton said when police stopped the car at 1.30am the officers spotted the club on the floor.

Wiles said it was for protection and to smash house windows in case of a fire.

Snr Sgt Gorton said while Wiles might not have owned the car, he used it regularly.

Wiles said he had some things for magistrate Penelope Hay to read and handed up an affidavit and a photo of "the game of skittles", telling her the object was not a nightstick, or billy club, as described by police.

After reading his statement, Ms Hay noted Wiles had no criminal history and had borrowed his father's car with the item inside.

Ms Hays said while it was purchased in case of a house fire, Wiles stated that his father had it in the car "in case another person attacked him", which was not a lawful reason to have it.

"What he ought to have done is go to the police, not take the law into his own hands," she said.

"People, not being lawyers, make erroneous decisions. I accept you had not sought to do that.

"I accept your own father is misinformed rather than anything more nefarious."

Ms Hays put Wiles on a six-month good behaviour bond with no conviction recorded.



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