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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Armed vigilante was on on way to smash up a car

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo

A WOULD-be vigilante armed with a baseball bat was planning to smash up a vehicle after a woman was allegedly dragged into it and molested, a court heard.

Stephen Deehan (20) and his three friends were stopped by gardai, who found a machete, balaclavas, an asp and a baseball bat in their car.

The court heard that Deehan and his friends were "going to deal with" an individual after a woman was allegedly attacked and dragged into a car.

Judge David McHugh imposed a three month sentence suspended for six months.

The defendant, with an address at Glendale estate in Leixlip, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of articles capable of causing injury to or incapacitating a person at Easton Road in Leixlip on October 18 last year.

Sergeant Mary Doherty said gardai stopped a vehicle which was driving at speed through Glendale estate.

Sgt Doherty said gardai spoke to the driver of the car and its three male passengers, who all appeared to be sweating and out of breath.

The sergeant said a baseball bat was found in the footwell underneath Deehan's seat.

When questioned about the weapon, Sgt Doherty said that Deehan claimed he found the baseball bat "in a bush down the road".

As well as a baseball bat, gardai also found a machete, three balaclavas, an asp, a flick knife and a kitchen knife in the car.

The court heard that Deehan has never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said the defendant is working as an electrician.

Mr Fleming said there was an allegation a woman had been dragged into a car and molested, the defendant was reacting to that and he was going to damage a vehicle.

Mr Fleming also said that Deehan was stopped prior to anything happening and the incident took place "in the heat of the moment".

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