Saturday 22 October 2016

Man grabbed breadknife in city centre shop after row broke out


A YOUNG man who armed himself with a delicatessen breadknife during a fight that broke out in a city centre convenience store has been jailed for eight months.

Shane Macken (20) already had a blade in one hand when he ran behind the counter and grabbed a deli knife before gardai arrived and disarmed him.

Macken, of St Aonghus Yard, Tymon North, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to possession of a blade and producing a knife in the course of a dispute.

The court heard the incident happened on April 25, 2014 at Centra in Temple Bar.

Separately, he was also charged with possession of heroin on O'Connell Bridge on April 18 last year. After reading a probation report on the defendant, Judge Bryan Smyth imposed the sentence on the drugs charge and took the knife charges into consideration.

Previously, Garda Shauna Harvey told the court she was called to the shop at 12.50am and arrived to see two men "roaring and shouting at each other".

One of them - the accused -walked behind the deli counter with a blade in his left hand.

He picked up a large deli bread knife and shouted at the other man. The gardai disarmed him.

Defence barrister Edel Gilligan said Macken had been chased around the aisles by the other man before he got the knife.

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