A Timaru man claimed he had forgotten about a 48cm machete he put down his pants to protect himself amid gang rivalry.
Christopher Flannery, 21, was sentenced in the Timaru District Court yesterday on charges of possession of cannabis utensils, possession of cannabis, obstructing a police officer and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.
On January 18, he was in a Timaru bar with friends. A member of the public told police Flannery had a machete down his pants.
He refused to be searched and was arrested for obstructing police and then the 48cm machete was found.
He said he had received threats but never intended to use the machete, in fact he had forgotten about it.
Judge Joanna Maze said: "You don't forget about a machete in your trousers. Don't insult my intelligence."
Earlier, police found cannabis and utensils at Flannery's address.
He was sentenced to 100 hours' community work.
- The Timaru Herald