AN 18-year-old Portland man found carrying a hunting knife told police people were trying to kill him, Warrnambool Magistrates Court has heard.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Nathan Brown said Tate Storey, now of Warrnambool, had the hunting knife in his pants when police intercepted a vehicle about 2.15am on March 18 this year.
Storey told police he had the knife because he feared people wanted to kill him, Leading Senior Constable Brown said.
Xavier Farrelly, for Storey, said his client had been threatened with serious violence in the 24 hours prior to being apprehended by police.
Storey also used the knife to carve arrows, Mr Farrelly said.
Magistrate Ian von Einem said knives such as those Storey had needed to be taken out of circulation.
He fined Storey $400 for possessing a controlled weapon.