Judge questions knife charge

Last updated 12:07 15/08/2012

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A man who was carrying a Swiss army knife appeared in Queenstown District Court yesterday three years after he was arrested in Dunedin.

Jayden Shianne Murray McElwain, 28, appeared before Judge Michael Turner charged with possession of a knife in a public place on October 24, 2009, breach of bail and breach of release conditions.

Judge Turner queried the possession charge, saying people carried Swiss army knives all the time.

Sergeant Ian Collin said there was a case to answer but did not provide further details.

McElwain was convicted and discharged for possession and sentenced to 80 hours' community work for breach of bail and breach of release conditions.

He was also sentenced to 230 hours' community work to replace an existing sentence.

Meanwhile, a man with no income told the court he was on "transmutational healing" for the past 12 years.

Ross Alfred Sainty, 54, appeared before Judge Turner charged with possessing cannabis and breaching a liquor ban on August 5.

He was walking along Marine Pde at 4am with three bottles of Heineken while he smoked cannabis. Police searched him and found four ziplock bags containing 13 grams of cannabis head overall.

When asked by the judge how he paid for the drugs, he said the Australians were in town, took pity on him and gave him $50 notes.

He said he did not agree with the social welfare system, except the dole, and was working on himself, a healing and transmutation, for 12 years. The past week caused feelings of shame and pity, he said.

He was convicted and discharged for breaching the liquor ban and fined $100 for having the cannabis.

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- The Southland Times

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