Monday, February 27, 2006

Bayonet? No, It's A Wizard's Wand!

A teenager caught with a bayonet in a busy railway station has escaped jail - after convincing a court it was a "wizard's wand".

Gregory Whittam was found with the 12-inch bayonet as he was about to board a train on his way home to Timperley, near Sale.

But prosecution lawyers later accepted 19-year-old Whittam's story that he was a practicing witch of the Wicca religion and used the bayonet as a "religious tool" during magic rituals.

Prosecutors discovered that similar weapons - known as Athames - are consecrated knives and looked on as "wizard's wands" which can be used by members of different covens. Full Story

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