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Warrington WW3 'fantasist' Tibor Vagai jailed over sword discovery

Knives carried by Tibor Vagai Image copyright British Transport Police
Image caption Tibor Vagai purchased the knives after becoming fascinated with fantasy fiction

A "fantasist" obsessed with fiction about a third world war was caught with a "formidable array of weapons" including a sword and three knives.

Tibor Vagai was arrested after being spotted with the weapons slung over his back at Liverpool Lime Street railway station, the city's crown court heard.

The 32-year-old was released on bail but later stopped for a second time, when he was found with a knuckleduster.

Vagai, of Bridge Street in Warrington, Cheshire, was jailed for 45 weeks.

The court heard Vagai now accepts he had "watched too many films and read too many books" about survivalism and fantasy fiction about the aftermath of a third world war.

Charlotte Kenny, mitigating, said: "The purchase of the knives was borne out of that fascination and interest."

A member of the public alerted police at the station on 30 April, the court heard.

Image copyright British Transport Police
Image caption Vagai was caught carrying the knives in a sheath slung over his back at Liverpool Lime Street rail station

When arrested, Vagai told police he had been to visit a friend to show him the weapons.

He was bailed to appear in court on 16 June but failed to attend.

When he was subsequently arrested on 13 September he was found in possession of the knuckleduster, which he described as a key ring, the court heard.

When it was pointed out to him that it appeared to be a weapon, he replied: "Yes. It's for self-defence."

He said he had been attacked since arriving in the UK from Slovakia and had the item to protect himself.

Vagai admitted two counts of possessing offensive weapons.

Judge Denis Watson told him: "You had a formidable array of weapons. They were together in a sheath and you carried them over your back.

"The edges of the sword may have been blunt but it was a heavy weapon with a sharp point."

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