18-year-old kept weapon because it looked 'cool'
A Douglas teenager who hid a police baton in his clothing told police he'd found it and kept it because it looked 'cool'.
Eighteen-year-old Callum Murphy, of Hillside Avenue, appeared before magistrates at Douglas Courthouse.
The road worker admitted possessing an offensive weapon in public without a lawful excuse.
Prosecution advocate Rebecca Cubbon told the hearing police spotted Murphy, and another man, in a car park on Circular Road on 29 March.
The other man ran off but police stopped Murphy and searched him.
When they found the extendable police-style weapon he told them he'd found it in the car park and decided to keep it.
The court heard Murphy had spent 18 months on probation after a previous conviction for violence, in 2019, and the latest offence was committed three months after that sentence expired.
He was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £125 towards prosecution costs.
Magistrates also ordered the weapon be forfeited and destroyed.