New & Notable: Dressed to the fives...

Jarrett Strong had a belt. His belt had an interesting buckle; it was a set of brass knuckles. The officer arresting Strong for breaching his probation noticed the buckle and charged Strong with possession of a prohibited weapon without a license (section 92(2)). At trial Strong argued that it was not a weapon, “but a belt buckle he purchased in a retail store that resembled brass knuckles”. Strong testified that he purchased it as “it looked ‘cool’” and that he “never used or intended to use the item as a weapon but only as a belt buckle, that it was not designed to be used as a weapon, and that he had not tried the item on his hand” [para 2]. The trial judge rejected his evidence; Strong was found guilty.


Strong appealed: 2012 BCCA 279.

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