Big fine for repeat offender
Wednesday, 24th April, 2013
A man who was caught carrying a knife and two detonators has been fined almost $3000 for a string of offences.
Jimmy Angelakis told police he was carrying the knife around because he used it to cut up fruit and that he didn't know what the detonators were.
Angelakis, 47, gave the excuses when he was stopped on two separate occasions, the first in February last year as he was riding a push bike along Oxide Street.
Officers found the blackhandled knife after searching Angelakis who also admitted to having a "bud" of cannabis in his underwear, according to a police facts sheet.
Later, on June 9, Angelakis was driving in Thomas Street when he was stopped by police and told to remove the contents from his pockets.
He pulled out two devices that were later confirmed as electronic detonators, telling police he had found them in his shed and didn't know what they were.
After searching his car police also found a bag containing a small amount of cannabis and a pipe.
A mining engineer later told police the detonators could have discharged through being so close to Angelakis' body or through static electricity generated by his clothing, with the result being serious or fatal injury.
Yesterday in the Local Court his lawyer Rachel Storey said her client thought the detonators were a car part.
"He merely thought (they) were a thermostat," Ms Storey said.
She said Angelakis, who pleaded guilty to seven offences, had owned a restaurant for 15 years but was now unable to work after suffering a serious heart attack and lived with his elderly parents.
Angelakis was fined $400 and placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond for possessing the knife, and fined $300 for possessing the detonators.
He was fined a further $2000, plus court costs, for other offences ranging from possessing a prohibited drug to drink driving.