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Sandys man admits having offensive weapon, denies trying to break into parking meter

A man accused of trying to break into a pay-and-display machine insisted he was carrying a screwdriver as a weapon not as a tool for theft.

Richard DeSilva, 30, admitted possessing an offensive weapon, the screwdriver, and a bladed article, a pair of scissors, in City Hall car park on February 15.

Crown counsel Kirsty-Anne Kiellor told Magistrates' Court that police monitoring the Hamilton car park's CCTV saw a man they believed was attempting to open a pay-and-display machine.

The officers arrived on the scene and found DeSilva standing near the machine. He denied trying to break into it. Asked why he was carrying a screwdriver, the Sandys resident said: “So I don't get jumped.”

A further search revealed a four-inch pair of scissors in his pocket, which he told police he had to trim his moustache.

In court, DeSilva admitted that having the items in public was a mistake. He said he had no idea the pair of scissors would be classified as a bladed weapon.

“I had the scissors in my pocket from before I went to town,” he said. “I didn't want to tell the police why I really had them, so I said it was to cut my moustache. It was [either] that or I tell them I use it to cut blunts.”

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo remanded DeSilva in custody until April 5 for sentencing.

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Published March 21, 2011 at 10:14 am (Updated March 21, 2011 at 10:13 am)

Sandys man admits having offensive weapon, denies trying to break into parking meter

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