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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Judge says knife crime 'a step to homicide'

Carrying a knife around is
Carrying a knife around is "a short step to homicide", a judge has said.

CARRYING a knife around is "a short step to homicide", a judge has said.

Judge Grainne O'Neill was commenting after hearing a case in which a man on a suspended sentence was caught in possession of a Stanley knife.

She gave the accused, Dean O'Neill (22) another suspended sentence of three months at Dublin District Court.

O'Neill, with an address at Caretaker's Hostel, Back Lane, Dublin 8 but formerly of Eden Park, Sandycove, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of the knife.

The court heard the incident happened at Westmoreland Street on May 1 last, when gardai found it on O'Neill during a search.

He also admitted a separate charge of stealing a €14 bottle of whiskey at Lidl, Slaney Road, Dublin 11 on February 3.

O'Neill had got into difficulties as a teenager and more recently had health problems, his solicitor Joe McNally said. However, he had come "a long way in the last six months".

Judge O'Neill said the accused had been "wandering around with a Stanley knife" while under a suspended sentence.

"It's a very short step to homicide," she said of illegally carrying knives.

The judge suspended the three-month sentence for a year and fined the accused €100 for the theft charge.

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