From: Vicko Zoomba on 23 Mar 2010 17:50
ntertainer Darren Day has appeared for the first day of his trial into
the possession of an offensive weapon called a kubotan.
Mr Day, 41, denies being in possession of a kubotan in a public place
without reasonable excuse or lawful authority.
His appearance follows his arrest in December 2009 when his Mercedes
hit a lamp post in Manor Place.
The trial has been adjourned until 7 April. Sentence on his guilty
drink-driving plea was also deferred.
In January this year, Mr Day, of Cudworth, South Yorkshire, admitted
drink driving with 58 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath, when the
legal limit is 35, and to failing to stop after an accident.
Pleas of not guilty to careless driving, failing to report the
accident to the police and not co-operating with an initial breath
test were accepted by the prosecution.
The Crown, however, did not accept a not guilty plea to being in
possession of an offensive weapon.
Mr Day was given an interim ban from driving and his car was seized by
the Crown. It could be forfeited as he has a previous conviction for
During the hearing, two martial arts experts from Lothian and Borders
Police told Sheriff William Holligan that the kubotan was designed in
the 1970's for the Los Angeles Police as a self-defence weapon.
They said it was now widely available in the UK via the Internet and
in martial arts shops.
The officers, Sgt Gary Russell and Pc Liam Fitzpatrick, both trainers
in officer protection, said the kubotan, nicknamed in the USA as "an
attitude adjuster" was used as a close-quarter restraining instrument.
Pc Fitzpatrick admitted that in "the worst case scenario it could kill
Questioned by defence solicitor Bobby Frazer, the officers said no
licence was required to buy a kubotan in this country and that under
the Offensive Weapons Scotland Act of 2005 there was no mention of it
in a list of offensive weapons.
Mr Frazer claimed that the kubotan was used as a key ring.
Mr Day was starring in the Queen musical "We will Rock You" at the
Playhouse Theatre at the time of his arrest.
From: Halmyre on 24 Mar 2010 14:19
On 23 Mar, 21:50, Vicko Zoomba <vicko_zoo...(a)hotmail.com> wrote:
> Entertainer Darren Day
By whose definition?
From: Nkosi (ama-ecosse) on 25 Mar 2010 08:55
On 24 Mar, 18:19, Halmyre <flashgordonreced...(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
> On 23 Mar, 21:50, Vicko Zoomba <vicko_zoo...(a)hotmail.com> wrote:
> > Entertainer Darren Day
> By whose definition?
Some f^£%wit at the BBC if you read the post properly.
From: Halmyre on 26 Mar 2010 05:50
On 25 Mar, 12:55, "Nkosi (ama-ecosse)" <minank...(a)googlemail.com>
> On 24 Mar, 18:19,Halmyre<flashgordonreced...(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
> > On 23 Mar, 21:50, Vicko Zoomba <vicko_zoo...(a)hotmail.com> wrote:
> > > Entertainer Darren Day
> > By whose definition?
> > --
> Some f^£%wit at the BBC if you read the post properly.
I gathered that. I think there's a case for prosecution under the
Trades Description Act.