A 29-year-old Brighouse man has been given a community sentence after he was caught driving while disqualified.
Scott Davies was first banned from driving in 2000 and a court heard he received further disqualifications in 2002, 2004 and 2009.
Prosecutor Kirsten Mercer said the last ban was for three years and 11 months and Davies was also told he would have to pass an extended driving test.
But in October last year police were tipped off that Davies was driving a Ford Mondeo around Brighouse.
Davies, who was uninsured and had a passenger with him, was arrested for driving while banned, but an officer noticed the handle of a Samurai sword under the passenger seat.
Davies’ barrister John Topham said the ornamental sword was among belongings he had collected from his ex-partner’s house and he explained it must have fallen out of a bag
Recorder Ian Harris was told Davies had bought the car a few days before being stopped.
Mr Topham said someone else had driven the car the day before and Davies was only taking it to his father’s home where it could be parked safely. “He accepts he shouldn’t have been driving it,” said Mr Topham.
“It was an unfortunate decision he made.”
Mr Topham pointed out that there was no evidence of dangerous driving and he said his client had immediately co-operated with the police.
Recorder Harris described the Samurai sword as a loathsome instrument, but said he viewed the driving while disqualified as more serious. The judge said Davies had driven in flagrant breach of a court order.
Davies, of Brook Street, admitted driving while banned and without insurance as well as possessing an offensive weapon.
Under the terms of the order he will have to do 120 hours’ unpaid work for the community and be subject to an electronically-monitored night-time curfew for the next three months. He was also banned from driving again for three years.