Spalding man found with butterfly knife in car
Police who stopped an Audi A4 in Spalding found a butterfly knife in the driver's door pocket.
Mindaugas Bulotas, who was pulled over in Cradge Bank, told officers it was used for fishing and work on his car.
Prosecuting at Boston Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, Nick Todd said: "The Crown concedes that it wasn't produced in anger."
Bulotas (30), of Juniper Crescent, Spalding, pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon on September 18.
Mitigating, solicitor Mike Alexander said Bulotas has been in the UK for 10 years and there was no history of offending.
"He bought a knife off the internet. He really didn't think it was an offensive weapon per se, as we know it. Effectively it was for working on his car. He took stickers off with it and slung it in the driver's door pocket."
Sentencing Bulotas to a 12-month community order with 100 hours' unpaid work, District Judge Peter Veits told him: "I'm sure you realise knives are viewed very seriously. People get stabbed and killed because people have got a knife with them. They get into a fight and they remember they have got a knife with them.
"I'm not suggesting you are anywhere near that level and I accept, fortunately for you, that it was in the car and not on your person."
Bulotas was also ordered to pay £90 victim surcharge and £85 costs. An order was made for the forfeiture and destruction of the knife.
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