Dagger used as bottle opener results in court appearance

A Cowra man, who was using a push dagger as a bottle opener, has been ordered to forfeit his weapon at Cowra Local Court.

Glen Robert Clark, 43, of Barryrennie Road was before the court charged with possessing a prohibited weapon without a permit.

According to police facts, around 3.15pm on January 19, 2020, police attended Clark's residence to execute a Firearm Prohibition Order Compliance Search of the premises.

Clark had been subject to a Firearm Prohibition Order and Weapon Prohibition Order since September 2019 at the time of the offence.

During the search police located a push dagger, a prohibited weapon, outside on a dining table and seized the item.

Clark denied any knowledge of the item or it being prohibited.

On February 17, Clark was arrested and conveyed to Cowra Police Station where he made full admissions to the knowledge and possession of the prohibited weapon, stating he used it for the "bottle opener" capacity of the weapon.

Magistrate Michael O'Brien noted Clark's limited criminal history with a significant gap in offending, however told Clark he should have shown more responsibility.

"It was used for an innocuous purpose," he said.

"Complacency on things like this can lead to tragic circumstances."