A 25 year-old Russian resident in Nice travelled by car as a passenger to Monaco on June 5 this year carrying a ‘collector’s item’ knife with a 15-centremetre blade, a telescopic baton, and cannabidiol (CBD) products.

The 25 year-old was intercepted at the almost permanent police checkpoint at the entrance to Monaco from Cap d’Ail, local French-language daily Monaco Matin reported.

Unsurprisingly, the president of the tribunal at Monaco’s Criminal Court asked: “Why were you walking around with those weapons that night?”

The defendant replied that the knife was simply a collector’s item; “I don’t consider it a weapon. I’m sorry. It’s a stupid mistake. This is the first and last time I’m in front you.”

As for the CBD, the young Russian claimed ignorance of the law, saying he wasn’t aware that its sale and consumption was prohibited in Monaco, although not in France or Italy.

The culprit made a very positive impression on the court and a fine of 2,000 euros was suspended. The collectors’ items were confiscated.