Violet Dorothy Ann Stephan fronts Roma Magistrates Court.
Violet Dorothy Ann Stephan fronts Roma Magistrates Court.

KNIFE CRIME: Woman sentenced for driving with 18cm knife

WHILE on her way to appear in the Beaudesert Magistrates Court to deal with other matters, Violet Dorothy Ann Stephan first had to appear via phone to the Roma Magistrates Court to address her offence of driving around with an 18cm knife.

The court heard yesterday, September 29, Stephan was intercepted by Roma police on Albert St at 3am on September 16.

She was driving with five other passengers in a gold Mazda.

Police prosecutor sergeant Caroline Boodnikoff said police observed the passengers frantically move around items in the back seat and Stephan was constantly looking in the review mirror.

Police asked Stephan if she was carrying any illegal items in the car to which she responded ‘no’.

Shortly after, officers searched the vehicle and located a black backpack in the boot of the car containing an 18cm large silver knife.

Stephan told police her son used it to go fishing and she recently put it in the backpack and was planning to put it somewhere safe at home.

The prosecutor noted the defendant’s criminal history which included a two-month jail sentence for an offence last year.

Sgt Boodnikoff submitted the knife be forfeited from the defendant.

Magistrate Peter Saggers told Stephan that due to recent knife crimes in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, she must understand why people cannot carry knives.

The defendant replied, “the car was borrowed by my nephew and son and they must have realised they left the knife under the seat and when I was in Roma, I saw the knife and placed it in my backpack and I usually would have put it inside the house”.

Stephan pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a knife in a public place.

Magistrate Saggers fined Stephan $500, forfeited the knife and the conviction was recorded.


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