ILLEGAL KNUCKLE DUSTERS: Are a category M weapon in the eyes of the law and a bad idea to own.
ILLEGAL KNUCKLE DUSTERS: Are a category M weapon in the eyes of the law and a bad idea to own. Contributed

Meat tenderiser 'knuckle duster' found during RBT

JUST because something can be found on eBay, doesn't mean it's legal.

A man who bought a set of knuckle dusters made for the "purpose of tenderising meat" learned this lesson the hard way.

When police pulled over a car in Plainland for a random breath test on June 30, they got more than they bargained for.

Though Luke Ackworth, from Marburg, blew negative to traces of alcohol, he was pinned with a different charge after police noticed an illegal weapon on the passenger seat.

While conducting the breath test at about 12.30am, police spied a set of knuckle dusters - a class M weapon - in packaging in Ackland's car.

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Molinaro told the Gatton Magistrates Court on Monday Ackland had said to police the knuckle dusters were for protection but Ackland denied having said that.

Ackland's lawyer told Magistrate Robbie Davies his client had found the prohibited weapon online for the purpose of tenderising meat.

"It was actually a meat tenderer but I guess people get caught about buying things off eBay and just because something is on eBay doesn't mean something is legal," the lawyer said.

"It was still in the wrapping, having just been purchased."

The 38-year-old pleaded guilty and was served a $250 fine and his conviction was recorded.