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Monday 5 December 2016

Man caught with blade had it 'for self-harm'

Mater Hospital is near Phibsborough
Mater Hospital is near Phibsborough

A MAN has been convicted of carrying a blade on the street despite his defence arguing that he had it "for self- harm".

Greg Flynn (40) was fined €75 after Judge William Hamill refused to accept that his self-harming was a lawful excuse for having the blade in public.

Flynn, with an address at Avondale House, Dublin 1 pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon.

Garda Donal Donoghue said he stopped the accused at St Patrick's Road, Dublin 9 at 7.45pm on June 27, 2014.

He noticed a blade in his hand. "He said he was a self-harmer and that was why he had it," the garda said.

Defence Barrister Emmet Nolan said it was noted in the custody record at Mountjoy Garda Station that the accused had a number of cuts to his stomach.

Mr Nolan said the legislation provided for having an implement for a good reason but this was not defined and was at the judge's discretion.

Flynn told the court he had been on his way to the Mater Hospital. He said he had been feeling low and was self-harming.

Judge Hamill said "you don't need a blade to go to hospital" and found him guilty.

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