‘Tell the other copper I want my knife back’: Teen sentenced in court

A young man whose knife was confiscated by police in Post Office Lane said he needed it to stab someone and if he didn’t get it back he would “steal another knife”.

Bradley Robert Clarke, 18, of Chestnut Avenue, was given a 12-month good behaviour bond in Orange Local Court on Monday for having a knife in Post Office Lane at 12.15pm on November 28.

He was given another nine-month good behaviour bond for refusing to comply with a police direction when he ignored a demand to leave the area after the knife was taken from him.

According to police, officers went to Post Office Lane because a group was spraying silly string.

When police spoke to Clarke, who was part of the group, he said, “you’re going to get me in trouble I have a knife in my pocket, when I find [X] I’m going to stab him”.

Police then took a 12 centimetre a black-handled steak knife that was in his pocket and Clarke was quoted as saying “I’m going to go steal another knife, I’m going to find [X] and stab [him]. He stole something from my mum.”

When police returned to Summer Street soon afterwards he again demanded his knife back and was instead arrested for failing to leave the area.

“Oi, tell the other copper I want my knife back,” he was quoted as saying.

He was also placed on a nine-month good behaviour bond for damaging a dock at Orange Police Station at 2.08am on January 23.

He had been held in custody since he was arrested at 12.05am for breaching previous bail conditions and was captured on CCTV pulling a metal eyelet out of his board shorts and carving his initials ‘BC’ into a perspex panel.

On December 7, Clarke was also arrested for using offensive language in public after he continually abused police in Sir Neville Howse Place between 9.20pm and 9.30pm.

Magistrate David Day gave him a nine-month good behaviour bond for using offensive language in public.

“You can drop the F-bomb as often as you like in my view but when you combine it with other words and say it in a certain way [it becomes offensive],” Mr Day said.

He also gave Clarke a 12-month good behaviour bond for resisting arrest, after he tried to avoid being taken into custody by clutching a tree during his arrest for using offensive language.

According to police facts, officers were called to Sir Neville Howse Place in response to a dispute between people in the street.

While there and within the hearing distance of children, Clarke swore at police despite being told that he’d be charged if he didn’t stop swearing.

“I’m a realist Mr Clarke, if your are going to re-offend, you are going to offend within nine months,” Mr Day said following sentencing.