Man carried blade as his 'family was under threat'
A MAN who was in possession of a sharply-pointed blade because his family was under threat at the time has been given the benefit of the Probation Act.
John Connors (20) knew he should not have had the blade but it was a self-defence mechanism, his solicitor Simon Fleming told Blanchardstown District Court.
Connors, of Boherboy Road in Saggart, pleaded guilty to being in possession of the sharply-pointed blade at Citywest Hotel carpark on August 18 last.
Garda Ronan McDermot said while he was on patrol in the area he came across three males acting in a suspicious manner. He stopped the men but they took off on foot and a chase ensued.
Gda McDermott managed to stop Connors and arrested him. He found the blade in his pocket.
Mr Fleming told Judge David McHugh that the defendant and his family were under threat at the time.
"He knew he had the blade in his pocket and he shouldn't have had it," said Mr Fleming, adding "but it was a self-defence mechanism".
Judge McHugh said he had concerns that Connors had the instrument for self-defence.
"It has fallen under the umbrella of threats," explained Mr Fleming. "And his family is still living in fear."
Mr Fleming explained Connors got married last month and he and his wife are now living with his mother.
He said the 20-year-old still has fears for his safety after Judge McHugh asked if the defendant's concerns been reported to gardai.
"I believe it is the other way around that the gardai tell him he is under threat," said Mr Fleming.
Judge McHugh ordered the destruction of the blade and applied the Probation Act.