Assault victim kept baton and knife in car
A motorist caught with a wooden baton and a small penknife had carried them ever since he was assaulted some years ago, a court has heard.
Kieran Boland (45) was a "very nervous individual", and had never used the weapons.
Judge Cormac Dunne applied the Probation Act, saying the prosecuting garda had been very fair in his evidence.
The defendant, of Seatown Villas, Swords, admitted a charge of possession of a wooden baton and a small penknife before Swords District Court.
Garda Daragh Hynes told the court in evidence he was on his way to a call at Feltrim Road in Kinsealy last August 18 when he came across the defendant, who was sitting in a car near his home.
Gda Hynes said he found the wooden baton and Boland handed over a small penknife during a subsequent search at Swords Garda Station.
The defendant had no previous convictions.
Defence solicitor Morgan Redmond said Boland had been assaulted a number of years ago and had "very foolishly" carried the baton ever since.
The judge left the accused without a conviction.