CARRYING a knife around in public for "protection" has landed a man in hot water after he was questioned by police as he walked in West Bathurst.
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Roger James Kilby, 37, of Hill Street, West Bathurst, was convicted in his absence at Bathurst Local Court on November 30 of having a knife in public.
According to police documents before the court, police received a call in relation to two men on West Street in West Bathurst harassing residents for information about a man at 10.15pm on September 22 this year.
Police said they were patrolling Commonwealth Street about 30 minutes after the radio request when they saw Kilby - who they said matched the description given to police - walking along a footpath.
The court heard police stopped and spoke with Kilby, who immediately told officers he had a penknife for "protection" because he had allegedly been assaulted.
During sentencing in open court, Magistrate Elizabeth Ellis found the charges against Kilby proven before he was fined $400 and ordered to forfeit the weapon.
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