An Auckland Way man who was carrying a machete when he broke into a home, has alleged he intended only to scare his victim, just like Crocodile Dundee.
Tommy Elwick, 19, is alleged to have broken into a Broomfield Terrace flat on June 12 and waved the knife towards his victim.
Much like Crocodile Dundee in the 1986 film of the same name, Elwick claims he was responding to being threatened with a knife, by getting out his own much-larger blade.
At a hearing on Monday, Scarborough Magistrates’ Court heard how Elwick returned the man’s home and said “What have you got?”, meaning “I have got a machete, what knife have you got?”, his solicitor claimed.
In the movie Crocodile Dundee, Paul Hogan famously responded to being attacked by a mugger by pulling out his own larger weapon and saying “That’s not a knife, this is a knife.”
Elwick pleaded not guilty to robbery, but admitted carrying the offensive weapon.
He was also charged with a further offence of burglary, but said that his ‘free-running’ has mistakenly got him into trouble.
However, Elwick claims that he and his friends are free-runners, which sees them making their way along walls and rooftops of the town without touching the floor.
It is alleged that Elwick had gained entry to the property through an open window, but when the occupier was disturbed and went to see what was taking place, he spotted Elwick running away from the scene.
His solicitor explained: “There was an accidental collision with an open windown as he was running past and a vase was damaged.”
When asked why he was running, Elwick told police that was the nature of the sport, and he didn’t realise he was doing anything wrong.
Elwick was remanded in custody, to appear at York Crown Court on June 30.