Holidaymaker's suitcase with flick knives and a stun gun
PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 October 2010
A NUNCHUCK and stun gun were just two of the weapons recovered by security at Bristol Airport from a suitcase belonging to a 20-year-old holidaymaker.
Liam Dimond was caught with 10 weapons in total when he returned to British soil following a sunny break with his parents in Bulgaria on August 28.
He was also found with two flick knives, two throwing stars, two knuckle dusters and two telescopic friction lock batons in his case, North Somerset Courthouse heard on Monday.
Dimond pleaded guilty to nine counts of possessing an offensive weapon and one count of possessing an electrical incapacitation device.
Prosecutor Henrietta Paget said Dimond told police he had bought the weapons abroad, without realising they were prohibited, and intended to decorate his room with them.
Magistrates heard that Dimond has twice been convicted of assault by battery.
Owen Strickland, defending, told the court: “He has no previous matters relating to this sort of offence.
“He has always had an interest in films on the computer and TV which relate to this sort of thing.
“Whilst he was there he saw he could buy some of these things and it was his intention to decorate his room with these things.”
A letter was handed to magistrates written by Dimond’s employer which, Mr Strickland said, described him as a ‘worthwhile and vital employee’.
He added: “The fact is he is a naïve young man and didn’t realise to purchase this in Bulgaria was illegal but accepts he should not have them, on advice, in a public place in this country.
“There is no evidence of any danger he would have used these in any public place at all.
“They were not dangerous in the way they were used on this occasion and the way they were in his possession.
“It is not as if he went into a club with a knife on him or something of that nature.”
Magistrates decided to hand the case over to Bristol Crown Court for sentencing on November 8. Dimond, who lives in Bristol, was granted unconditional bail.