A Chelmsley Wood man, caught with a knuckle duster, claims he carried the weapon for protection after someone tried to stab him.
Darren Tubbs, of Grayling Walk, was driving his Seat when he was stopped by police on Chester Road, in Castle Bromwich at just before midnight on February 27. When officers searched the 23-year-old, they discovered a silver knuckle duster in the pocket of his jeans.
Colin Heald, prosecuting, said Tubbs told officers he had purchased the weapon several years ago but had only recently started carrying it for fear he would be attacked.
“He said he would have used it if he needed to because he was in a spot of trouble but he wouldn’t say what trouble that was.
“He knew it was an offence to have an offensive weapon in public.”
Peter Cooke, defending, said: “Someone had tried to stab him only shortly before and he was scared he might be assaulted again.
“Although he had the knuckle duster in his pocket, there was no suggestion he had it out or was waving it around.”
Tubbs was given unconditional bail and will be sentenced on March 21.