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Shane Sobey fined £400 for breaching suspended sentence
Shane Sobey was driving to do his community service when a police officer stopped him in Vicarage Road, Watford.
The 23-year-old, who had been given a suspended sentence and unpaid work for supplying drugs, was asked if he had anything on him.
He said: "I am on my way to community service, is this going to take long?"
There were no drugs on him, but he told the officer there was a knuckle duster in the central console of the VW Golf, St Albans crown court heard yesterday.
Prosecutor Edward Lewis said Sobey was questioned and told the police he had no intention of using the weapon.
Sobey, of Fotherley Road, Rickmansworth, pleaded guilty to having an offensive weapon.
He admitted being in breach of the suspended sentence which had been imposed on April 3 last year. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to attend for unpaid work - on April 22 and December 23 last year.
Defence barrister Ian Brownhill, said the knuckle duster was an ornamental weapon. He said Sobey was now working as an apprentice earning £900 a month for a folding door company. Its boss had provided Sobey with a "glowing reference" for the judge, he said.
Judge John Plumstead told him: "You have got close to going to prison. You have got a good job and as good a reference from the company as I have seen. You are a valued member of staff. I hope I won't see you again."
The judge ordered him to pay a £400 fine within 3 months or face 14 days in jail. He must also pay a £15 victim surcharge and received a 12 month conditional discharge.