A MAN who had a knife in his possession at Asda in Antrim town claimed he used it to open his bicycle lock because he had no "sensation" in his fingers.
Details emerged as Jaroslaw Eichman - who had the assistance of a Polish language interpreter - admitted possessing a knife 'without good reason or lawful authority' on March 20 this year.
The 50-year-old of Islay Street in Antrim, produced the knife from his pocket when detained for a search by police at Asda.
When interviewed he told police he had the knife as the key for the lock of his bike was broken.
He claimed he didn't realise it was an offence to have the knife.
Defence barrister Neil Moore said because of difficulties with "sensation" in his fingers the defendant used the knife "as an easy access to unlock the lock on the bicycle".
He said it has been "impressed upon" the defendant that is a criminal offence to carry a knife in such circumstances.
District Judge Nigel Broderick handed down a two months prison term, suspended for a year, at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena.
He said: "The defendant must realise that he can't walk around with a knife in his pocket. it is just not acceptable".