When he bought canisters of pepper spray at a market a Portadown man claimed he did not know they were illegal, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Friday.
Thirty-one-year-old Steven McGrath, Kensington Park, Portadown, admitted three charges of having a pepper spray canister on September 30 last year.
He was sentenced to 160 hours’ community service.
The court heard the canisters were found in a search of his home. He said he purchased them without realising they were illegal.
A barrister for McGrath said he had a record but the last matter of note was in 2008.
The case had been adjourned from a previous court so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.
District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said McGrath said he bought them at a market and did not think they were illegal but he shouldn’t have items which could potentially harm other people.
But, he added, it was a good report with nothing indicating the propensity for any nefarious activities in the past.