Man Arrested for Possession of a Bladed Article in a Public Place

A suspect has been arrested after he was found to be in possession of a knife, while on board a public bus.

Around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 15th November, 2022, police attended a road traffic collision involving a PTB bus, on Middle Road, near the junction with Chapel Road, Paget.

As passengers disembarked the bus, officers were alerted there was a male who allegedly had a knife in his possession, on board. Officers approached the suspect and saw that he was holding a knife in his right hand.

The suspect who was disarmed without incident, used threatening words to police during the ensuing arrest.

Chief Inspector, Robert Cardwell of the Police Support Unit, said: “Here we see what can be achieved when the community and police work together.

Information shared with us, has led to the arrest and subsequent charging of this suspect for offences committed under the “Criminal Code Act 1907.”

Under Section 315-F of the Criminal Code Act 1907, police officers have the authority to stop and search any individual they suspect of carrying a bladed article.

The Act further states, “Any person who without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, has in his possession in any public place any offensive weapon shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and shall be liable—on summary conviction, to imprisonment for two years or to a fine of fifteen hundred dollars or both. If convicted on indictment, they are liable to imprisonment for four years or to a fine of five thousand dollars or both.”

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