Wednesday 20 February 2019

Grandad dropped 'shank' after garda stopped car

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A grandfather dropped a home-made pointed shank on the ground when gardai stopped a car in which he was a passenger, a court has heard.

Jason Davidson (46) maintained that the weapon, which was made for "inflicting harm", was nothing to do with him and could have fallen out of the car.

Davidson, of Priorswood House, Clonshaugh Road, Dublin 17, had pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon.

Judge Fiona Lydon found him guilty and gave him a two-month suspended sentence.

Gda Eoin Cannon told Dublin District Court he was on duty at Amiens Street when he saw the accused get into a car that set off at speed.

The garda believed the car was trying to evade him so he drove after it and stopped it.

Davidson jumped out of the rear passenger seat and dropped an object on the ground at his feet.


The officer picked it up and discovered it was a small home-made "shank", with a duct tape handle and a sharp point.

"It is intended for a certain purpose, of inflicting harm," the garda said.

Davidson denied possession of the weapon, saying he had never touched it.

Cross-examined by defence barrister Alan Grace, Gda Cannon said the shank could not have fallen from the vehicle as the accused got out and it must have fallen "from his person".

Davidson said in evidence that the reason he "jumped" out of the car was because the front seat was pulled back and he was cramped".

He saw a garda pick something up and the garda "presumed I had it".

"I didn't have it in my possession," he told the court.

He said he told the garda: "That is nothing to do with me."

Davidson has three children and one grandchild. He was on disability allowance as he had plates in his shoulders and arms following a motorbike accident. He had 27 previous convictions.

Judge Lydon suspended the sentence for a year.

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