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Thursday 29 September 2016

Mother-of-three smoking cannabis had knife in bag

Judge tells woman: 'A handbag is like a third arm to a lady'

Ciara O'Grady claims she found steak knife in a playground.
Ciara O'Grady claims she found steak knife in a playground.

A MOTHER-of-three caught carrying a steak knife in her handbag in Dublin city centre had picked it up at a children's playground because she thought it looked dangerous, a court heard.

Ciara O'Grady (26) put it in her bag but forgot about it and gardai found it later when they saw her with a cannabis joint and searched her.

O'Grady, of Cameron Street, off Cork Street, Dublin 8 pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a knife and cannabis at O'Connell Street on October 16 last.

Judge Anthony Halpin said he would strike the charges out if she made a €100 contribution to charity.

Dublin District Court was told gardai saw O'Grady standing in the doorway of McDonald's with a cannabis cigarette. This was seized and her bag was searched. Inside, they found the knife.

O'Grady accepted she had been reckless in carrying the knife, her solicitor Edward Bradbury said.

She had seen it in a playground and picked it up, then placed it in her bag and forgot about it, he explained.

The accused had no previous convictions.

O'Grady was working part time as a cleaner and wanted to avoid a criminal conviction.

"Women are victims of their own vanity to a certain extent," Judge Halpin said. "They carry around handbags and put everything in them, even forgetting about what's in there. A handbag is like a third arm to a lady," he said.

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