Man found with bread knife after family row
A MAN had a bread knife on him when he was searched at the scene of an altercation at his sister's house, a court heard.
Dylan Power (25) had the knife in a bag and officers found it on arriving.
Judge David McHugh fined him €50 after he was told the knife was not produced in the row and Power had it for "defensive" purposes, from when he had been sleeping rough.
Power, of Kiltalown Drive, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of the knife at Orchard Road, Clondalkin on June 18, 2014.
Blanchardstown District Court heard there had been an argument and there were "words said", but the knife was not produced.
The accused took responsibility for it when gardai found it, Sgt Mary Doherty told the court. Power had reconciled with his family after the row.
Defence Solicitor Simon Fleming said Power had been sleeping rough and kept the knife as "a deterrent."
He was now back living in the family home with his mother and "hoping to draw a line under his past behaviour", Mr Fleming said. "He is a young man who has gone through the mill emotionally from a very young age," he added.
"I am satisfied he had it for a defensive rather than offensive role," Judge McHugh said of the knife.