A young man who made a bad call when he decided to arm himself with a knife in a bid to retrieve his lost iPhone has been sentenced to jail and probation.
The teen had vandalized his friend’s home and was chased out by its angry, knife-wielding resident.
When he got home, he discovered something was missing.
“He realized his iPhone must have been in the house,” defence lawyer Bob Harrison said in Brandon provincial court on Thursday.
The teen then grabbed his own knife and headed back to the house to get his phone back.
Crown attorney Grant Hughes said trouble began in the early morning of Dec. 19.
The offender, 18-year-old Rodney Dakota Barker, went to his friend’s 12th Street North home after the pair had been out drinking.
They then got into an argument and Barker, who was drunk, punched holes in the walls.
The friend managed to get Barker out of the home but a neighbour heard the ruckus and called police.
Barker fled before officers arrived, but returned about an hour later and tried to get into the home by ripping screens and forcing open windows.
Police were contacted again and they found Barker nearby with a dagger in his jacket pocket, Hughes said.
Barker was banned from having weapons at the time.
Harrison said Barker was initially chased from the home by his friend who’d grabbed a knife.
When he reached home, Barker realized he’d left his iPhone behind, armed himself for protection and returned to his friend’s home and tried to break in.
Hughes described the unusual knife that was found in Barker’s pocket — it had a six-inch dagger-style blade and its handle had metal loops attached so it could be used as a set of brass knuckles.
Each finger loop had a sharp point on it and there was another sharp point at the butt-end of the handle.
Hughes said brass knuckles are a prohibited weapon, which effectively made the knife a prohibited weapon.
“It’s one of the nastier weapons that I’ve seen lately in court,” remarked Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta, who was provided with a photo of the knife.
Barker pleaded guilty to mischief for the damage to the walls and window screens, and to unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a weapon while prohibited.
He received a total of 90 days in jail minus 37 days pre-sentence custody to be followed by one year of probation. He also has to pay $2,000 for the damage done to the home.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 25, 2013