‘Squash bat’ found in Mildura man's car

A MILDURA man told police he kept a bat in his car to play squash but wasn’t able to explain how the game was played, a court has heard.

Serdar Donmez, 41, pleaded guilty to possessing controlled weapons in Mildura Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard police found a baseball bat on the back seat of the ute Donmez was driving in the inner Melbourne suburb of Docklands in the early morning of March 21.

Police seized the bat, suspecting it was a weapon, and proceeded to search the ­vehicle, finding two knives, a Swiss multitool with blades and a meat cleaver.

Prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Matt Pardon said Donmez, when asked about the bat, replied: “I have a hit every now and then.”

Donmez claimed the item was a “squash bat” but “couldn’t explain how the game of squash is played”, Leading Sen-Constable Pardon said.

Donmez told police the knives did not belong to him but had been left in the car by others.

His lawyer, Hugh Middleton, said Donmez was in Melbourne to receive mental health treatment that could not be provided in Mildura and attributed the weapons to “a culmination of carelessness”.

Mr Middleton said there were “no ulterior motives” and asked Magistrate Michael King to impose a fine, saying Donmez survived on a modest income on his parents’ horticultural property, having previously contracted many backpackers in the industry.

Donmez addressed Dr King himself, ­saying he had borrowed his father’s car to travel to Melbourne and was unaware the knives were there.

Dr King said the weapons were “a potential hazard and dangerous to the public”.

Donmez was convicted and fined $1000.

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