Man had meat cleaver
CONCERNED neighbours contacted police after they saw a 46-year-old man walking around their street with a large meat clever.
Bernard Stanley Newitt pleaded guilty at Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday to one count of possession of a knife in a public place.
Police Prosecutor Acting Senior Constable Troy Daubaras said Newitt left a William St address, Gladstone, about 3am on March 24, carrying two knives.
One of the knives was a large meat clever, and two knife sharpening tools.
He said Newitt hid the knives and tools in his pocket and behind his belt, covering them with a jacket.
Following the incident, Acting Sen Const Daubaras told the court police received information from concerned neighbours, who saw Newitt walking down the street with a meat clever.
He said police found Newitt near a vehicle in the street a short time later.
Acting Sen Const Daubaras said Newitt told police he did not have any knives.
Newitt’s duty lawyer Brad Krebs, of Appleton Krebs Lawyers, said his client was diagnosed with schizophrenia and did not remember taking the knives.
Magistrate Mark Morrow put Newitt on a six-month probation order.
He also ordered the knives be returned to their rightful owner.
Meanwhile, Wayne George Hamilton pleaded guilty at Gladstone Magistrates Court on Monday to drink-driving.
Acting Sen Const Daubaras told the court police intercepted Hamilton’s vehicle on a Raglan road about 4pm on March 11.
He said Hamilton had a blood-alcohol concentration reading of 0.073%.
Magistrate Morrow fined Hamilton $700.
He also disqualified him from holding or obtaining a licence for four months.