Weapons, including two Samurai swords, found in car

TWO Samurai swords, an axe, a billy club, a knife and a mace - that was what police found when they searched Steven Brian Smith's vehicle.

The 42-year-old was intercepted on Evans St in September last year for a random breath test.

The swords were one metre and 30 centimetres in length, prosecutor Michael Ball told the Mackay Magistrates Court.

The axe was resting on the floor, while the billy club was located between the driver and vehicle door.

Checks revealed Smith held only a P-type licence, but there were no plates displayed on the vehicle, Mr Ball said.

Smith pleaded guilty to 12 charges for offences committed between September last year and January this year.

He had been caught drink-driving twice while on a provisional licence, which requires a zero blood alcohol reading.

His readings were 0.079% and 0.03%, the court was told.

Police executing a search warrant at Smith's residence in January found a makeshift mace, put together using a length of garden hose with six-inch nails protruding from one of the ends, the court was told.

Smith told officers he'd made it as an ornament and had forgotten it was in his room. Duty solicitor David Strutynski said Smith's offending coincided with an injury that resulted in him not working.

"Too much time on his hands," Mr Strutynski said. He was "just mucking around" when he made it.

Smith intended to get away from Mackay and cease his bad behaviour, the court was told.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer said it was concerning Smith had another charge for possession of a knife on his history.

Smith was fined $3000 and disqualified from driving for 13 months.

Convictions were recorded.



  •  2 x possessing used utensils or pipes
  •  2 x unlawful possession of weapons
  •  1 x possessing dangerous drugs
  •  2 x low-range drink-driving
  •  1 x being a public nuisance
  •  1 x unlicensed driving
  •  1 x driving without P-plates attached
  •  1 x possessing a knife in a public place
  •  1x contravening a police direction


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