Edwin Arnold Trott Wolffe, 37 and said to be unemployed, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawfully possessing a bladed article in a public place yesterday [Aug 26].
Crown Prosecutor Carrington Mahoney told Senior Magistrate Archie Warner that around 4pm yesterday, Mr Wolffe was at the Ferry Terminal in Hamilton when Police were called to disturbance in that area.
On arrival, Police found Mr Wolffe involved in an affray and brandishing a knife. In a scuffle that went across the street, Police managed to disarm him and confiscated a knife, described as a ‘survival knife’ with a blade more than 3 inches long. Mr Wolffe was taken to Hamilton Police Station and then produced in Court this morning.
Asked by the Senior Magistrate to explain his actions, Mr Wolffe told the Magistrate that the people had come off the boat and they were drinking and “wouldn’t answer my question.” The defendant also took noted the people on the boat were foreigners.
Mr Wolffe told the Magistrate that he carried the knife for self-protection. The Senior Magistrate ordered a Social Inquiry Report and set sentencing for 11th October 2012. Mr Wolffe was ordered to be kept in custody until then.
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