A young father brought a three-foot-long 'Grim Reaper' slash hook to a row in west Dublin, a court has heard.
Patrick Kiely (24), a member of the Travelling community, arrived with the weapon after a "slur on his ethnicity" was made and his "blood was up."
At Blanchardstown District Court yesterday, he was spared a prison sentence and a criminal conviction because he had realised he had made a mistake and left the scene. Judge Dermot Simms dismissed the case under the Probation Act.
Kiely, of Ballyowen Lane, Lucan, had admitted producing a weapon in the course of a dispute.
The court heard the hook was capable of inflicting serious injury and had been produced by the accused in a manner "likely to intimidate".
Gda Sgt Geraldine McManigan told the court the incident happened at Drom Na Coille Drive, Ballyowen Lane, on July 28 last year when gardai were called between 8.30pm and 9.30pm to a reported altercation.
Kiely had left the scene and come back with "a slash hook, a three-foot Grim Reaper", Sgt McManigan said.
He was calling to a named male to come out of the house and "finish the altercation", she said.
This person did not come out and Kiely left again, the sergeant added. The court heard Kiely had previous convictions but none for possession of a weapon.
Kiely was a member of the Travelling community and there had been an earlier incident in which he was subjected to "a vulgar slur placed on his ethnicity," his solicitor Simon Fleming said.
He returned with the implement, but then realised he had made a "big mistake" and left the area.
Kiely was married with one child and although he was currently unemployed, he had a good work history here and abroad, Mr Fleming said.
He worked in Australia for a year, but it was too far for him as he was "always coming back" home to attend funerals.
He was now hoping to go to Canada, which was "not too far from home", and the lawyer asked the judge not to impose a custodial sentence.
The matter had "ended there and then" and there was no repeat of the incident, he added.