A man who was found with a knife in his backpack was fined in Orange Local Court on Monday and had his knife forfeited to the crown.
He was fined $200 for having custody of a knife and $200 for refusing to comply with police directions.
Trevor Crawford, 52, was represented by solicitor Nidal Abdi who said his client was living between houses with friends and family members and the knife was one of his possessions.
“He was quite intoxicated at the time, he was drinking with another person at the house,” Mr Abdi said.
However, he said Crawford also thought his drinks were spiked.
Police found Crawford drunk on a footpath at 12pm on January 1 after being called to a Dalton Street house following a report a man had broken a television but found no one at the house.
Crawford confirmed he’d been drinking at the house and police searched him and found a kitchen knife in his backpack after he refused to comply with directions.