A TEENAGER decided to carry a knuckleduster after being 'spooked' when he was held at knifepoint, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Luke Paul Everitt, 18, told police a 'smackhead' had held a knife to his head the previous week, said Jayne Ormrod, prosecuting.

She said Everitt, who was in Mandela Gardens, had the knuckleduster for his protection.

"Mr Everitt said he would have used the knuckleduster to scare someone, but not use it," Mrs Ormrod said.

Chris Peace, defending, asked for Everitt to be treated leniently.

He said: "Mr Everitt did not have the knuckleduster in a pub on Wellington Street at 11.30pm. He was arrested at about midday after falling asleep. The knuckleduster was sticking out of his pocket.

"He had been rather spooked when he was held at knifepoint. He was frightened so he armed himself with a knuckleduster.

"He felt that if he showed someone the knuckleduster, it would dissuade someone from attacking him."

Everitt, of Welland Crescent, Elsecar, admitted possessing an offensive weapon and drugs.

His case was adjourned until January 21 for a pre-sentence report and he was granted unconditional bail.