Thursday 18 January 2018

Man accused of having sword in on a Dublin street

Paul Burke
Paul Burke

A MAN has appeared in court accused of having a sword on a Dublin street.

Paul Burke (24) is further accused of possession of a knife.

Mr Burke was allegedly drunk at the time he was stopped and found with the weapons.

Judge David McHugh ordered the disclosure of any statements and adjourned the matter to a date next month.

The accused, with an address at Berryfield Drive, Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with public drunkenness and two counts of possession of a weapon.

The alleged incident took place at Berryfield Road, Finglas, on February 14.

It is alleged that Mr Burke had a sword and a knife.

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

Sgt Mary Doherty said it will be alleged that Mr Burke had a sword and a knife, but there was no suggestion that the weapons were produced.

Judge McHugh said he would accept jurisdiction of the charges, meaning the matters will remain in the District Court.

Judge McHugh assigned defence solicitor Fiona Brennan on free legal aid.

The judge also ordered the disclosure of any statements as well as the custody record to the accused man's legal team.

Mr Burke has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

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