Police find knuckledusters in boot
A SET of brass knuckledusters bought during a trip to Singapore has landed a Coffs Harbour man in trouble.
James Timothy Ring of Boambee this week appeared in court on a charge of possessing a prohibited weapon.
In the case before Local Court, magistrate Darryl Pearce police explained how the knuckledusters were found in the boot of a car by officers searching for drugs.
Ring was a passenger in a Hyundai Excel, which attempted to avoid police in Bray Street on April 23 at 11.20am.
Officers gave chase, stopping the car in Mann Close.
The court was told police approached the vehicle noticing a strong smell of cannabis.
On the suspicion there were drugs on board, officers searched the vehicle later arresting the driver on drug charges.
However, they also found a small wooden box with the knuckledusters inside, which belonged to Ring.
He told police he bought the prohibited item as a novelty during an overseas trip a couple of years earlier.
Found guilty of the offence, he was fined $500 plus $76 in court costs.