Gift from mum costs Hervey Bay woman a $400 fine
A WOMAN has been fined in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court for carrying a present from her mother.
Unfortunately for Natalie Joy McGee, that present was a flick knife.
McGee, 26, pleaded guilty to possessing a knife in a public place.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said McGee was stopped by police as she was driving in Brisbane on April 16.
McGee was wanted at the time on an outstanding warrant for an unrelated matter, the court heard.
When the police took her to the station, they found the knife in her handbag.
Snr Const Grigoris said McGee told the police she carried the knife because it was a present from her mother. The gift was supposed to help McGee protect herself.
The case was transferred back to Hervey Bay, so McGee could plead and be sentenced in her hometown.
She was fined $400 and the knife was forfeited to the Crown.