Tuesday 16 January 2018

Man accused of having homemade shank


Joseph O’Reilly of Pinebrook Downs has not entered a plea
Joseph O’Reilly of Pinebrook Downs has not entered a plea

This is the young man accused of throwing away a homemade shank and a timber baton after he was stopped by gardai in the early hours of the morning.

Joseph O'Reilly (22) allegedly had a three-foot timber baton which had glass at the end of it as well as a shank with a blade.

Judge David McHugh ordered the disclosure of statements and adjourned the matter to December.

The accused, of Pinebrook Downs in Clonsilla, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with two counts of possession of knives.

The incident took place at Blakestown Way in Mulhuddart around 4am on September 21 last.

The court heard the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matters in the District Court, where the penalties are less severe.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Sergeant Maria Callaghan alleged Mr O'Reilly had a homemade shank with a blade as well as a timber baton with a broken piece of glass at the end of it.

Sgt Callaghan alleged Mr O'Reilly discarded the weapons when gardai approached him.


The sergeant said the weapons "sounded a lot worse than they were". Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction.

The court heard that Mr O'Reilly is unemployed and on social welfare and defence solicitor Valerie Buckley was assigned on free legal aid.

Mr O'Reilly has not yet entered a plea.

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