Electrician had baton for his own protection
AN ELECTRICIAN caught with an extendable baton claimed he had it for his own protection, a court heard.
Kevin Daly (30) told gardai he had been attacked previously and had the baton for defensive reasons.
Judge David McHugh applied the probation act after Daly donated €20 to Blanchardstown Hospice.
The defendant, of Old Court Mill in Tallaght, admitted before Blanchardstown court to possession of an extendable baton at Dromheath Avenue in Mulhuddart on May 4.
Gda Sarah Smith said she stopped and searched Daly and found an extendable baton.
Lawyer Jennifer Jackson said Daly, a father-of-one, is a qualified electrician. He had been attacked previously and had the baton for his own protection.