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Hello what have you been charged with?
Ok. I'm not sure what defence you are hoping to raise?
No, because that would be untrue. You can only either tell the truth or say nothing in the course of legal proceedings.
In any event, whether you borrowed it or took it with permission you still had a blade in public place with no lawful excuse.
I realise that you may not want a criminal record but you can only raise defences if they are available to you.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Not on the facts you provide.
The issue is why you had this knife. It cannot have just ended up in your hand.
If you get the shop to say something untrue then that is perverting the course of justice for which you would go to prison for at least three months.
They haven't charged you with theft. They have charged you with possession of a bladed article.
It doesn't matter whether it was borrowed or not.
I'm sorry but you are just not raising a defence on these facts.