A JUDGE told a man at Ballymena Magistrates Court: “You have to understand carrying knives is very dangerous”.
District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking to James Mundell (23).
The defendant came to police attention around 10pm in May this year when police saw an Audi car in the area of a car park in the Riverdale area of Larne.
A prosecutor said the defendant jumped out of the vehicle and was “very agitated”, “pacing about” and “speaking quickly”.
The defendant told police he was in the area eating a Chinese takeaway but there was no evidence of that, the prosecutor added.
Due to his behaviour police searched him and the vehicle and as a result of that the defendant handed police a small knife which he had taken from the pocket of his jogging bottoms.
The judge said he was taking a “benign view” and not going to send the defendant to prison but warned him if he was caught a second time with a knife he could go to jail.
The judge said the defendant, of West Link in Larne, who was in court for sentencing for possessing a knife in a public place, had a limited record and put him on Probation for a year.