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Thursday 19 October 2017

Man with knife wanted 'justice' for alleged theft

A YOUNG man armed himself with a knife and stick before going to seek "summary justice" against a group of people who allegedly robbed and beat up his friend's father.

Paul Broe (22) was throwing stones at the alleged culprit's flat when gardai arrived at the scene.

Dublin District Court heard he dropped the weapons and put up no resistance when officers arrested him.

Judge James Faughnan adjourned the case for a community service suitability report at Dublin District Court.

Broe, a father-of-one of Richmond Cottages, North Circular Road, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a knife and producing a stick in the course of a dispute.

The incident happened at Cabra Park on June 22, 2013.

The court heard gardai were called with a report that two men were fighting, armed with weapons.

They arrived and found the accused holding a stick with screws protruding from it. The altercation was with the occupants of a flat.

The court heard Broe had been in the company of another man and was "essentially throwing stones" when the gardai arrived.

He discarded the knife and apologised for his actions.

He had gone to confront "a number of individuals" who had allegedly robbed his friend's father and beat him up.

compliant

Broe went to the location to get his "own form of summary justice", Defence Barrister Emmet Nolan said.

However, he did not attempt to confront the gardai and "immediately became compliant" when they arrived.

The accused had first got into trouble at the age of 15 and became involved with a "poor peer group".

He became addicted to alcohol and prescription pills and progressed on to ecstasy.

Broe had moved away from his peers and was now clean of drugs.

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