Man faces court, didn't know credit card knife wasn't legal

A YOUNG man has learned a valuable lesson after being stopped Mackay Airport for possessing a credit card knife.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer said it was quite common for people to be pulled up at the airport with such a knife.

Mitchell Dean Vella, 23, had forgotten to take the Category M weapon out of his wallet before he went to airport.

Barrister Scott McLennon said Vella been flying to a music festival. He missed his plane and the festival.

Vella pleaded guilty in the Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday to the unlawful possession of weapons.

Mr McLennon said Vella had bought the knife on e-Bay and thought it was legal. He used the knife while camping and for work.

There was nothing "sinister" in his possession, which Mr Dwyer accepted. Vella was fined $500 and a conviction was not recorded.

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